A-Level History

Did You Know?

Tudor people didn’t eat with forks. Their meal-time cutlery consisted of a pricker, a knife, and a spoon. Forks wouldn’t become popular to use in England until the 18th century!

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



Assessment: 80% exam, 20% coursework

What do I need to study this course?

Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and grade 5 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. Tudors (Second Year): Edward VI, Mary I, persecution of Protestants under Mary, Elizabeth I, the Spanish Armada, the relationship between Elizabeth and her ministers. Cold War (First Year): emergence of the Cold War, division of Europe, Korean War, nuclear arms race, Berlin Wall, Cuban Missile Crisis. Cold War (Second Year): Vietnam War, détente, Reagan and Gorbachev, the collapse of communism and the end of the Cold War. Coursework: US Civil rights: key events in the Black American struggle including the role of key figures: Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks.

What next?

A-level History is useful if you intend to study History, Law, International Studies, or Politics degrees. History degrees mean opportunities to work in many relevant careers.

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