What is History?

History is the study of ideas, individuals and concepts over time. It allows you to explore themes and problems that affected people and countries of the past in order to make more sense of the present. A-level History requires you to think critically and to explore further possible interpretations of the past whilst developing your own arguments and conclusions about them.

Specifics

  • Course specific entry requirements

    Grade 5 from English (4 will be considered) Grade 5 from History if taken

  • Assessment methods

    2 final exams, 1 coursework

  • Course duration

    2 years

  • Course type

    Linear A-level

  • Exam board

    AQA

How you will study

History at A-level requires you to read and write extensively. Classwork will include evaluating sources and texts, writing structured notes, using audio-visual materials as well as debating and practising exam skills. You will work both independently to conduct background reading and research as well as in groups to complete tasks.

Course content summary:

  • The Tudors: England 1485-1603

    The policies and power of Tudor monarchs, King Henry VII, King Henry VIII, King Edward VI, Queen Mary I and Queen Elizabeth I are assessed in this component

  • The American Dream: Illusion and Reality 1945-1980

    A depth study of the challenges faced by the USA at home and abroad as it emerged from the Second World War as a superpower

  • Coursework

    Russia and its Rulers 1855- 1953. You will be introduced to Russian History through exploring significant events, personalities and themes. You will then undertake an independent study of your chosen topic/title.

What can I do after Xaverian?

A-level History is a traditional, academic qualification that is highly respected by universities and employers alike. Which means that it is both required and highly valued by many top universities when applying for related subjects and courses. Many of our high-achieving students go on to study History at university as well as History with another subject such as English, Politics, Art or a modern language. Courses in subjects such as Journalism, Media, Law, Economics and Teaching are also popular choices after the study of A-level History.

What can I do after Xaverian?

A-level History is a traditional, academic qualification that is highly respected by universities and employers alike. Which means that it is both required and highly valued by many top universities when applying for related subjects and courses. Many of our high-achieving students go on to study History at university as well as History with another subject such as English, Politics, Art or a modern language. Courses in subjects such as Journalism, Media, Law, Economics and Teaching are also popular choices after the study of A-level History.