A-Level History

Did You Know?

Written in 430 BCE, the Histories of Herodotus is considered the first work of history in Western literature.

Key Information


Two Year Course

Examination Board


"History allows you to understand the context behind current historical events, and gives you a far greater knowledge of where our culture nowadays comes from. I especially liked the Cold War topic as it is something that is still very relevant today". - Alice Hobson, upper sixth student



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 lead to opportunities to work in relevant careers including academia, media, journalism, teaching, 3rd sector organisations and law.

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