History A Level

Why study History A Level?

Through studying History you will get closer to understanding the world we live in and develop a deeper knowledge of the politics and society of Britain, Europe and the wider world. You will develop an unparalleled insight into the patterns of politics, diplomacy, economics and human behaviour which will enrich your life and enable you to engage in the great conversations of mankind. It will enable you to understand and comment on the world in which you are now part of.

What will I learn?

Year 12:
  • British History 1783-1846
    • How Britain was transformed from a country that had just lost America, to the world’s most powerful empire.
    • Britain’s response to the greatest European battle of ideas, the French Revolution and Britain’s role during the Napoleonic Wars.
    • How the great industrial changes made Britain the workshop of the world and helped shape one of the earliest representative governments in human history.
  • The Crusades and the Crusader States, 1095-1192
    • The ideas and events that led tens of thousands of European Christians to go to war in the Middle East.
    • Epic journeys, sieges, and battles between Crusaders and their opponents.
    • The politics and power-struggles of both the Crusader States and their Muslim neighbours.
Year 13:
  • China and its rulers, 1939-1989
    • China’s transformation from empire to democracy, to divided collection of warlord territories, to communist dictatorship.
    • The changing positions in Chinese society of women, students, workers and farmers; the ways they were affected by war, famine, prosperity, and industrial development.
    • China’s wars, alliances, defeats and victories involving the British and French Empires, Japan, Russia, and the USA.
  • Topic-based essay
    • Learn how to research as a historian and write your own topic-based essay based on a selection of topics.

How will I be assessed?

Three exam papers (between one hour and two and a half hours) and coursework.

What other subjects go with History?

Pupils often combine History with Politics and/or Philosophy and Theology or other arts subjects.

Where could it lead me?

You will also develop essential transferable skills which are vital for careers in the law, academia, the heritage sector, politics, public affairs, business, teaching, diplomacy and the British Government and Civil Service. History is widely accepted as one of the most traditional and rigorous academic subjects and is highly valued by the top universities in the world.

“History is to the nation as memory is to the individual.”Arthur Schlesinger