History - A Level

Social Sciences

Social Sciences
Social Sciences
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What will you be working towards?

Code PG17
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


History is diverse, engaging and thought provoking. The course covers key periods of History and provides a strong foundation to build upon for students who go on to study the subject at University.

This course will offer you a wide range of historical perspectives to study and explore with key topics spanning from the origins of the Russian Revolution in the late 1800s, to the inauguration of President Obama in 2009. Modules have been chosen to inspire you so that you can share our enthusiasm for the subject and understand its intrinsic value and significance in today’s ever-changing world.


In year 12 you will study a British History unit. You will look closely at the social, economic and political change in Britain under two very important Prime Ministers, William Pitt and Robert Peel. The course starts in the aftermath of the American and French Revolutions which sent great shock waves across Britain as more radical viewpoints were heard. We will investigate how the Prime Ministers dealt with these important issues, as well as the growing threat from abroad, the problem of poverty and the campaign to win the right to vote.

The second module explores the Russian Revolution, taking you through the origins of the uprising and the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II. You will research the extent of opposition and discontent within the country and explore what happened next with the establishment of a Provisional Government and the Communist regime under the autocratic leadership of Lenin and Stalin.

As well as the two topics covered in year 12, in year 13 you will be required to sit a further examination and submit a historical enquiry set in advance by the exam board. The examined unit covers a wide period of American History starting with the emancipation of the slaves in the USA and the subsequent battle that African-Americans faced in their quest to achieve equality. As well as looking at the development of rights of African Americans in the USA, you will also investigate the position of Native Americans, workers and women to reach conclusions on how far their position improved between 1865 and 1992. You will be given the opportunity to independently research key topic, identify your own lines of enquiry within key historical debates and reach clear and sustained judgements throughout.

Entry requirements

To secure a place at our Post-16 Centre you will need five or more GCSE passes at Grade 5 or above and a minimum of a Grade 4 in both English Language and Mathematics. You will also need a Grade 5 at GCSE (or equivalent vocational qualification) for most subjects you want to study at A Level.

For new subjects not previously studied at GCSE, for example; Government and Politics, Psychology and Sociology you must have achieved a Grade 5 in English Language. 

Your next steps...

An A Level in History can lead to future study opportunities in History, Law, Journalism, Education, Politics and International Relations.

The skills learned from studying History underpin a variety of careers in a range of sectors including Law, Politics, the Civil Service, with the Police Force, Teaching and Journalism.