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What is History?

A serious study of the past has been at the centre of human enquiry since the Ancient Greeks and it remains vital in helping the 21st Century world understand where it has come from and how to address the problems it faces. Studying this course, not only involves the reconstruction and interpretation of the past, but the development of the critical skills necessary to unlocking its secrets and explaining them to others. At Cardinal Newman we offer a range of A Levels in History including; Modern History, Early Modern History and Classics: Ancient History.

What Will You Study?

Early Modern History: The study of this course will allow you to delve into 15th and 16th Century England and Spain at a time of great upheaval, conflict and change. The external exams involve a mixture of essay writing and the evaluation of both contemporary and secondary source material, whilst the Non-Examined Assessment allows you to develop your investigative and research skills on the role of religion in causing rebellions against the Crown from 1536-1651.

Modern History: This A Level is split into three components. You will study both the British Empire and the Cold War, giving you the opportunity to experience a variety of topics that relate to both British and World history. In the second year you will also complete an independent historical investigation examining the development of African American Civil Rights from 1776 to 1877.

Classics: Ancient History: The newly reformed Ancient History course will be divided into four modules and students will study both Greek and Roman history. There will be two period studies of at least 75 years and two breadth studies, which will focus on a shorter, coherent time span, but one of substantial importance.

What Next?

Many of our History students continue on to Higher Education to study History or other written degree courses. Our students have progressed into a range of careers including; heritage or archaeology, politics, public administration, teaching, the media, business administration, marketing, accountancy, law and with Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), to name a few.

Exam Board

Modern History: AQA

Classics: Ancient History: OCR

Early Modern History: AQA

Entry Requirements

At least two Bs and three Cs at GCSE, including at least a grade C (5) in English Language.

Course Type

A Level

Interesting Fact

A study by the Institute of Education at UCL found that 67.7% of Ancient History students who gained an A went on to study at a Russell Group University.

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