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The A Level History course aims to generate enthusiasm and interest in the study of history. Students learn about significant events, individuals and issues in British and American history, as well as developing an understanding of the causes and consequences of past events and how these relate to current issues.

The specification is designed to study history thematically; therefore, each module will cover a specific topic over a period of time. The course also aims to equip students with the key skills of evaluation and analysis, which will be achieved by looking at different interpretations of historical issues and the effects of change on people.

Throughout the course, students will improve their knowledge of the past and be able to communicate this knowledge effectively.

Unit 1:

  • Russia in Revolution, 1881–1924: From Autocracy to Dictatorship
  • Stalin’s Russia, 1924–53

Unit 2:

  • The Experience of Warfare in Britain, 1854–1929

Unit 3:

  • From Kaiser to Fuhrer: Germany, 1900–45

Unit 4:

  • Coursework: 20th Century International Relations, 1879–1980


Please see page 26 for general entry requirements.

In addition, to study this subject you will need a grade B or above in GCSE English.


History is a highly regarded subject that will allow you to progress on to a number of careers and graduate training schemes, and is highly rated by the top universities. 

An A Level in History is useful for students wishing to pursue a wide range of careers including: law, education, the civil service, politics, business and industry (more leaders in industry have history degrees than any other subject; and the BBC correspondent Jeremy Bowen and barrister Michael Mansfield have degrees in history too).