Level 3, A Level
Duration: Two Year Course
A-Level History is an ideal choice if you have an inquiring, critical or analytical mind-set.
History combines very well with other Humanities or Social Science subjects, and is an ideal contrasting subject for Scientists and Mathematicians. We hope that you will come to see the study of the past as a dynamic and exciting process, in which traditional interpretations are constantly being challenged and revised.
A-Level History includes an optional four-day trip to Berlin. The subject is ideal preparation for any career that requires the ability to communicate effectively and to evaluate/analyse complex data.
- A breadth study on the history of Germany – from the Unification in 1871 to its evolution from empire to democracy by 1929
- A depth study of British medieval history – namely Henry VI and the origin of the Wars of the Roses, from 1450 to 1471.
- The breadth study of Germany from 1929 to 1991 – the Third Reich, the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall and Re-unification
- The depth study on the Wars of the Roses from 1450 to 1499 – the reign of Richard III (whose skeleton was discovered in a Leicester car park in 2013), the seizure and the consolidation of power by the first Tudor (Henry VII)
- Personal Study on a topic of your choice – this historical investigation forms the coursework element of A-Level History, and is worth 20% of your final grade.
How Will I Be Taught and Assessed?
History is not just about research; most topics excite real debate and controversy, so students will have opportunities for group work and whole class discussion.
Assessment in Year One
Two examinations, both 1 hour and 30 minutes long, each based on the evaluation of two sources and an essay question.
Assessment in Year Two
Two examinations, both 2 hours and 30 minutes long, each based on the evaluation of three sources and two essay questions. A historical investigation of 3000-3500 words on a topic of the student’s choice.
Why Should I Choose Seevic College?
- You might attend a four-day trip to Berlin, where you can get a hands-on opportunity to add to your understanding of the German history covered in class.
- There is also a trip to the Tower of London to add your understanding of the Wars of the Roses history covered in class.
- History is not just about research; most topics excite real debate and controversy so students will have opportunities for group work and whole class discussion.
What Could I Do Next?
If you’re thinking of a career in Teaching, Law, Publishing or Journalism – or any role that requires the ability to communicate effectively and to evaluate/analyse complex data – then A-Level History can help.
Former student success
Former Seevic College History students can be found at most of the top universities in the UK. In recent years a Grade A in History has helped such students on to degrees in History, Law, Medicine, Journalism and many other subjects.
General Entry Requirements
Average point score of 5.3, calculated from all GCSE subjects. Your point score MUST include at least five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above - including English Language or Maths. If your English Language is a D/3, your Maths must be at least a C/4 and vice versa.
Specific Entry Requirements
Grade C/5 or above in GCSE History (if taken). Grade C/5 in or above in GCSE English Language.
- History trip(s).