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In this ever changing world you are bombarded with information 24/7 from a vast range of sources. Never before has it been so important for you to be able to make intelligent judgements about just what it is you are being told - to sort the facts from the fiction, the prejudice from the lies. Having the confidence to think, consider and reach your own informed judgements about what you are being told are THE vital skills, regardless of content, that we promote in A Level History.

History is a popular A level option. There are currently 2 groups in both Year 12 and 13.

Please look at this link for History (7041, 7042) on the AQA website

Future Opportunities

Studying history at A Level opens a range of career and further education opportunities. You will learn numerous transferable skills that are relevant to many types of employment such as the ability to research for the relevant information and to analyse it in order to identify facts and motives and to present information clearly for others to understand.

These skills provide an excellent foundation for a number of careers, either directly related to history e.g. working in museums, teaching or in areas such as: Journalism Advertising Broadcasting Law Teaching Police Public Relations Management Media Research Marketing. History graduates have a great success rate in rising to senior positions in British management.

Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE History, or a 5 in GCSE History with a 6 in English Literature or Language. 

Course Content & Assessment

Course Content

Students study 3 components over 2 years.

Component 1: Breadth Study - The Tudors 1485 to 1603

Component 2: Depth Study - The Cold War 1945 to 1991

Component 3: Historical Investigation - 3000 word personal study


We follow the AQA course.

Paper 1 – The Tudors 1485 – 1603

Paper 2 – The Cold War 1945 – 1991

The examinations are both at the end of Yr 13, are worth 40% each and are both 2 hours and 30 minutes long.

There is also a non-examined assessment (coursework). For this we look at the rise and fall of the British Empire in Africa 1880 – 1980.

This is worth 20% of the A Level.


The National Archives, Auschwitz, Hampton Court & Tower of London

History Department

Subject Leader Mrs P du Bois
  Miss E Duggan
  Mrs F Manser
  Miss J Mackay
  Mrs G Raybould
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