A-level History

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Today’s society is shaped by history. Historians try to make sense of significant events that have changed society in order to find a shared viewpoint on the past. This course will develop your understanding of the past, encourage debate and discussion and extend your research, analytical and communication skills.

Course type


Course length

A-level: two years

Required qualifications

Five or more A*-C grades at  GCSE, including English  Language (grade 9-5).

What will I study?

The units you will cover are:

  • Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603-1702
  • America: A nation divided, 1845-1877
  • Independent Historical Enquiry

On the course you will:

  • develop and understand historical terms and concepts
  • explore the significance of events, individuals, issues and societies in history
  • understand the nature of historical evidence
  • learn the methods used by historians in analysis and evaluation
  • develop an understanding of how the past has been interpreted and represented
  • participate in group workshops with professional practitioners

Method of assessment

You will be assessed by coursework and examinations.

What will I be able to progress to?

A variety of options will be open to you after completing this facilitating subject. You can apply for degree courses in humanities, arts or social sciences and in particular the study of History and Law. History can lead to a number of career options in the civil service, the NHS, Local Government, HR, Law and Journalism.


There is a range of extra-curricular activities that you can take part in. These include:

  • Kings College History group – work with a history undergraduate to develop your skills and study topics outside of the curriculum
  • Plaistow Big South Local history group – research the history of the local area, network with organisations and take part in the Oral History project.
  • National Army Museum group – re-interpret historical African artefacts.
  • Various history workshops and lectures at top universities including Oxford and Cambridge.
  • The opportunity to take part in the African studies programme of SOAS.