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These specifications are designed to offer candidates and centres the opportunity to select from a wide variety of periods and topics in English, European and American history, from the medieval to the late 20th century. They offer candidates the opportunity to study history in length and breadth as well as in depth, to develop expertise in various skills (general as well as historical) and to acquire and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the periods studied. They give an opportunity to introduce more ‘stretch and challenge’ into A Level History.

These specifications enable candidates to study:

–  Significant events, individuals and issues;
–  A range of historical perspectives;
–  The diversity of society;
–  The history of more than one country or state;
–  A substantial element of English history;
–  Continuity and change over a period of time.


Students will cover the American Dream, South African Rainbow Nation and British Empire. Ultimately, they will learn how to construct an analytical historical argument and will assess the views of contemporaries, in order to reach independent judgements about some of the most fundamental periods of English, European and world history. A significant aspect of this course will involve students looking in detail at the interpretations of historians and critically evaluating the opinions of the experts.
The Non-exam Topic Based Essay requires students to select a topic based on their own area of historical interest, choose an approved question and then research and construct their own essay. This element of the course mimics the type of task that undergraduates are often asked to complete.


Paper 1: In search of the American dream, the USA 1917-96

Paper 2: South Africa rainbow nation, 1948-94

Paper 3: Britain, losing and gaining an empire, 1763-1914.

Coursework: 3,000-4,000 word essay on historical interpretations.


5 GCSE at grade 5 or above. Students must have achieved grade 5 in Maths and a 5 in English. A grade C if studied at GCSE.

WHY STUDY history?

The type of skills that are developed as part of a history course are incredibly useful for the workplace. Students have to interpret informa on, communicate complex ideas, solve problems, learn to research and evaluate evidence. They also have to be able to argue a point based on solid informa on that has been carefully selected. History is seen by Russell Group universities as a facilitating subject, which is clear evidence of the value of a post-16 qualification in History.

Financial Information

The Academy will not charge for books, materials, equipment and instruction in connection with the National Curriculum or Statutory Religious Education taught at school, except where parents have indicated in advance their wish to purchase the product. There will be a list of suggested resources and, although useful to students wishing to enhance their subject knowledge, it will not be necessary for students to purchase them.

Exam Charging Policy:

–  Students with less than 85% attendance may, under the discretion of the Sixth Form Office, be asked to pay for their exam entry.

–  Exam resits that are made at the request of the post 16 students will be charged at full price.

–  When it is not possible to obtain a refund, full price will be charged to students for:

    –  the Summer Exam entry, if they withdraw from the subject after 20 April.
    –  non-attendance at an exam without good reason.

BTEC students, who leave the Academy prior to the conclusion of the course, will be charged £50.

Future Opportunities

For many students the most valuable aspect of a post-16 history qualification is that the subject is known as a facilitating subject and is therefore widely respected by higher education institutions and employers alike. For more information on facilitating subjects then visit the Russell Group Universities website.

The transferable skills developed whilst undertaking A-Level History are held in high academic regard amongst the varied qualifications that can be chosen today. It is a popular subject at degree level and prepares students for careers in a variety of professions such as law, politics, journalism or civil service.