History A Level

History, Philosophy and Theology

History, Philosophy and Theology
History, Philosophy and Theology
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code History
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject

Students will develop a wide range of skills, a broad range of historical knowledge and understanding, including a sense of development over time, and an appreciation of the culture and attitudes of societies other than our own. Students will critically evaluate a large body of material, including evidence from contemporary sources and the opinions of more recent historians. Students will engage directly with questions and present independent opinions in arguments that are well-written, clearly expressed, coherently organised and effectively supported by relevant evidence.


Potential Topics that will be studied

The course comprises of:

  • Component 1: this is a study in breadth on the Crusader era (1074-1204) which focuses on change, continuity, cause and consequence. Students will evaluate the role of key figures, groups and religion in Western Europe and Outremer.
  • Component 2: this option provides for the study in depth of the challenges faced by those in authority in the years before, during and after the English Civil War. It explores concepts such as Divine Right; arbitrary government, Arminianism, and political and religious radicalism. It also encourages an in-depth understanding of how government works, arbitrary government and consensus, authority and opposition and issues of settlement.
  • Component 3: The purpose of the Historical Investigation is to enable students to develop the skills, knowledge and historical understanding acquired through the study of the examined components of the specification. Through undertaking the Historical Investigation students will develop an enhanced understanding of the nature and purpose of history as a discipline and how historians work.

How will it be delivered?


Component 1: a 2 hour 30 minute exam comprising of interpretation evaluation and two essays. (40% of the grade)

Component 2: a 2 hour 30 minute exam comprising of source evaluation and two essays. (40% of the grade)

Component 3: an independent historical enquiry which is researched and written by the students. This will be around 4,500 words long. (20% of the grade)

Entry requirements

Additional Course Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in history GCSE.

Your next steps...

Progression and career opportunities

Skills acquired through a history course are well sought after by a variety of employers due to the critical thinking, analytical nature and independence the subject teaches you.

Possible career opportunities include being a teacher, museum curator, excavator, researcher, barrister, various television roles, author, journalist and many more.

You will also need a history A Level in order to study the subject at university.