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History A-Level

Entry Requirements

5 A* – Cs including English. Grade 6 or above in History is preferable.

Who is it for?

Studying A-Level History not only helps improve your knowledge of the past, but it also helps you gain skills that are invaluable in many jobs. Some of these skills include analysing, researching, communication and problem-solving.

Course Structure

The Early Stuarts and the Origins of the Civil War, 1603-1660In this topic we cover James I and his relationship with Parliament and James I and religion, in particular his relationship with Catholics and the Gunpowder Plot. The course also covers Charles I, his tensions with Parliament and assesses the outbreak of the English Civil War. The Enquiry topics cover the Execution of Charles I to the Interregnum between 1646–1660. This topic provides an insight into a period of significant political and social change within Britain.

The Cold War in Asia, 1945 – 1993

In this topic we study American policy towards Asia in the post War period. The course focuses on the Cold War tensions and how this leads to war in South East Asia. We investigate key topics which cover the causes and outcomes of the Korean War and the Vietnam War.


Students will complete a 3000–4000 word essay, and will choose from a selection of topics. This is an internally assessed unit group. Students will focus on the historiographical debates produced on an issue within History.

Civil Rights in the USA 1865 – 1992

In this topic we focus on the struggle of key groups in the United States, and how they gained equality and civil rights. Students will consider the economic, social, and political rights granted to 4 key groups, and will consider the factors which encouraged and discouraged change during the period.


An exam on three units and one coursework assignment: Outlines are below.

Civil Rights Topic:

  • 1 written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes. – 40% of the A-Level Early Stuarts:
  • 1 written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes – 25% of the A-Level Cold War in Asia:
  • 1 written exam: 1 hour. 15% of A Level

University Pathways

All of the students who have taken A Level History have gone on to university to study a variety of courses. A Level History is respected by British universities as a serious and academic qualification.

Career Opportunities

History can prepare you for the skills needed in the following areas: Barrister, Solicitor, Teacher, Archivist, Journalist, Manager, Researcher, Media.