The History A Level course has been designed to help students understand the significance of historical events, the role of individuals in history and the nature of change over time. This course will help them to gain a deeper understanding of the past through political, social, economic and cultural perspectives.
Outside class, our students are regularly invited to attend local evening lectures given by respected historians.
Skills Demanded and Developed
The key requirement is an interest in History; a student will not be disadvantaged by not having studied History at GCSE, they settle quickly into the course. The department develops the skills which can prove so valuable beyond school, including effective reading, note taking and essay writing. Students improve their ability to develop a balanced and concise argument from a wide range of sources by analysing evidence, establishing the importance of material and examining the reasons for people’s behaviour. Students are also encouraged to discuss topics through seminars and presentations.
Independent learning is an integral part of A Level History. Study periods and homework time should be used for students to extend their learning through further reading and research. Throughout the two years of the course, students are expected to both prepare for and consolidate work covered in class through wider reading and note taking.
Careers and Higher Education Implications
History sits well with other arts-based courses and it adds breadth to the Sixth Form studies of students interested in the sciences and maths.
History is a popular choice at degree level, with graduates commonly progressing onto law conversion courses alongside a wide variety of other careers. Universities and employers have a very high regard for History because of the research, analytical and communication skills it teaches.
Strong A-Level Combinations
Possible Degree Courses, Careers
|English, Politics, Latin||Law, Politics, Management, Administration|
|Philosophy and Ethics, Psychology, Geography||Archaeology, Marketing, Journalism, Classical Studies, Armed Force, Civil Service|
|Modern Languages||Modern Languages|
|Business Studies, Maths, Economics||Business, Architecture, Finance|
|Art||Art and Design|