The course covers a range of historical periods, each examined by a separate paper.
Unit 1 The Crusades, c1095-1204
Assessment: a 135 minute examination comprising two essays and a question about evaluation of interpretations. 30% of A Level.
Unit 2 Anglo-Saxon England and the Anglo-Norman Kingdom, c1053-1106
Assessment: a 90 minute examination. One question will be focused on source material, and the other will be an essay. 20% of A Level.
Unit 3 Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485-1603
Assessment: a 135 minute examination. One question will be based on primary source material, one question will be an essay to assess student understanding of the period in depth, and one is an essay to assess the breadth of understanding across the whole time period studied. 30% of A Level.
Unit 4 (coursework) Germany and the outbreak of the First World War.
Assessment: an extended and fully referenced essay of 4,000 words.
The purpose of this coursework is to enable students to develop skills in the analysis and evaluation of interpretations of history in a chosen question, problem or issue as part of an independently researched assignment. Students carry out an independently researched enquiry to analyse and evaluate interpretations. 20% of A Level.
A combination of classroom study, self study and enrichment activities.
GCSE History grade 6 or above
The study of history helps develop research and analytical skills as well as the ability to present information and argument. These skills are valuable in a variety of careers including law, politics and economics.
A wide range of university courses accept History as a subject that proves students had the skills required to progress to the next level of study.
History A Level can lead to studying History at university, which could then contribute to a career in areas such as law, teaching, journalism, PPE. Other courses also require an essay-based subject, so History also complements applications for medicine.