Why choose History?

'Not to know what took place before you were born is to remain a child forever’

The study of what happened in the past is vital to our understanding of
the present.
The two A Level History courses provide an opportunity to study either:

  • Germany and West Germany, 1918-89; The Rise and Fall of Fascism in Italy, c1911-46; Protest, Agitation and Parliamentary Reform in Britain c1780-1928; Historical Interpretations: Bolshevik Russia 1917-1941 or the Origins of the First World War (Modern History - Edexcel)


  • Aspects of British and European History from within the years c. 1469-1873: including Spain c. 1469-1598; Britain 1625-1660; and coursework on France in the 17th century (Early Modern History - AQA)

Resources & Facilities

  • TV, DVD players, computer, data projector and OHP in every classroom
  • Well-resourced Learning Resources Centre
  • Extensive collection of DVDs on history topics

Teaching and Learning Styles

Lectures, group work, individual research, document work, use of audio visual sources, use of IT and the Internet, essay writing, presentations, field trips, exam practice, skills sessions


  • The A Level is assessed by external exams and coursework
  • The exams involve writing essays and answering document-based questions
profile student

Mia Stevens

History - Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College
I chose to take History at A Level having wished I had taken it at GCSE. I’m so glad I made this decision as I have found History to be an immensely enjoyable subject, and it has definitely broadened my interest in many other surrounding areas, such as politics. I have particularly enjoyed the module on ‘British Parliamentary Reform’ as I’ve found it fascinating to see how previous historical events have influenced today’s political scene. I have found the teaching to be lively, engaging and incredibly supportive, and students are given helpful and specific feedback in order to consistently improve their work. I believe that A Level History has provided me with transferable skills, such as essay writing and critical evaluation, to complement my studies in English Literature - the subject which I hope to study at a Russell Group university after I finish College.

Extra-curricular Activities

Past field trips have included visits to Prague, Berlin, Austria and France as well as visits to sites of local interest, eg. the Commandery, and attendance at lectures and conferences relating to exam topics, eg. a visit to the Holocaust Centre to hear testimonies of Holocaust survivors

Progression Opportunities

A Level History is a ‘facilitating subject’ and well regarded by all universities. It is particularly useful to those who wish to follow a career in Law, the Civil Service, Local Government and Politics, teaching or the Social Services. Many students go on to pursue the subject at degree level and beyond.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
History4GCSE History, if taken, at grade 4 or above. Refer to department if History not takenAbility to meet deadlines and to think critically.Optional trip to France, Germany or Russia may be offered (approx. £200 - £600)

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