History A Level
|Mode of study
|Academic A Level
|English Bridge Campus
|2 September 2024
Who is it for?
History is a captivating subject and if you have an interest in the world around you, then this is the course for you.
Our expert and dedicated specialist A Level teachers will guide you through the history of different countries, societies and cultures.
This in-depth course will investigate the personal history of people, how they interacted, and what motivated them.
A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and, if taken, History.
What does the course involve?
You will study over 200 years of history, including at least one period of British History and the lives of ordinary people as well as the impact of great historical figures. You’ll use original source material, video evidence, discussion, debate, and essay writing.
Topics included in year 1:
- Britain transformed 1918-1997: A thematice exploration of British history covering the political and economic landscape, the development of the welfare state, society in transition and changing quality of lfe. Students also study interpretations of Margaret Thatcher
- The USA 1955-1992: Conformity and Challenge: an in depth exploration of Affluence and Conformity 1955-1963, Protest and Reaction 1963-1972, Social and Political Change 1973-1980, Rebublican Dominance and its Opponents 1981-1992.
Topics included in year 2:
- The British experience of Warfare: 1790-1918: An examination of how warfare and its impact has changed over time by studying the French and Napoleonic Wars, the Crimean War, Boer War and First World War
- Coursework on the impact of the Black Power Movement in America or the progress of women in inter-war Britain 1918-1939.
How is the course assessed?
You will take three exams at the end of two years and complete a piece of coursework.
80% Exam and 20% Coursework.
Students have progressed to a range of higher education courses in history, art history, advertising, business management, journalism, law, English and politics, while some have secured highly sought-after training e.g. air traffic control with the RAF. The skills you learn will be useful in many careers where research and analysis are required, but more specific careers could include working in museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries, national and local government, and the Civil Service.
The department hosts visiting speakers such as First World War historian Professor Gary Sheffield and stages visit local areas of interest.
What do I do next?
You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional two or three subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative vocational programme of study via a separate application. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Taylor Lewis
A Level History (Chemistry, English Literature, Mathematics)
Previous Institution: The Priory School, Shrewsbury
History inspires me - I am fascinated by how we have got to where we are today through our historical roots.