Students who study History have access to a wide range of career and higher education opportunities. They will have learned how to evaluate and analyse information, how to weigh up evidence and how to communicate complex ideas effectively. These skills are recognised and valued by employers, universities and colleges. History compliments many courses such as philosophy and ethics; sociology; and English. Each of the teachers are specialists in the areas they teach, and can therefore support students to attain the highest grades.
The A Level History qualification is studied across two years. In the first year students study:
Unit 1: Britain
1625-1701 - Conflict, Resolution and Settlement and
Unit 2: Russia in Revolution 1894-1924 and Unit 3: Germany 1871-1990 - United, Divided and Reunited. Each of these units are examined at the end of Year 13 in a written examination. Students will have 3 periods per unit each fortnight during Year 12. This will change to 2 periods per fortnight in Year 13.
In Year 13, students will also complete the coursework unit focused on the Cold War. They will have 3 lessons a fortnight for this.
A GCSE grade of at least 5 in GCSE History is required. If you did not take History as a GCSE a high grade 5 in English is compulsory.
A Level History provides an excellent foundation for a number of popular careers including journalism, politics, law, teaching, and business. Many top politicians or celebrities have a degree in History.