A-Level History

Did You Know?

Sacha Baron Cohen, Shakira and Louis Theroux all studied history at university.

Key Information


Two Year Course

Examination Board




What do I need to study this course?

Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and grade 4 in GCSE History, if taken.

What will I study?

Tudors (First Year): Henry VII and Henry VIII, focussing on government and foreign policy, and disputes between Catholics and Protestants. Cold War (First Year): emergence of the Cold War, division of Europe, Korean War, nuclear arms race, Berlin Wall, Cuban Missile Crisis. Tudors (Second Year): Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I, including the burning of Protestants under Mary, the Spanish Armada, and the relationship between Elizabeth and her ministers. Cold War (Second Year): Vietnam, Reagan and Gorbachev, collapse of communism and the end of the Cold War. Coursework: US Civil rights: the role of key figures including Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks.

What next?

A-level History is highly respected by universities, and useful if you intend to study History, Law, or Politics. History degrees mean opportunities to work in relevant careers including academia, media, journalism, teaching, 3rd sector organisations and law.

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