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What is History?

A serious study of the past is vital in helping the 21st Century world understand where it has come from and how to address the problems it faces. It not only involves the reconstruction and interpretation of the past, but
the development of the critical skills necessary to unlocking its secrets. We offer A Levels in Early Modern History, Modern World History and Classics: Ancient History.

What Will You Study?

Early Modern History: You will 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 as you study Spain in the Age of Discovery (1469-1598) and The Wars of the Roses (1450-1499) in England. You will develop your investigative and research skills on the role of religion in causing rebellions against the Crown in Britain from 1536-1651.

Modern History: You will critically evaluate 19th and 20th Century British and World History at a time of great expansion, development and conflict. The external exams involve studying the British Empire (1857-1967) and the Cold War (1945-91). The final component of the course allows you to develop your investigative and research skills into the demise of slavery in the United States from 1776 to 1877.

Classics: Ancient History: You will study both Greek and Roman history. The Greek component involves focusing on the relationship between Greek states and non-Greek states and the outbreak of the Great Pelopponesian War in 431 BC. The second year focuses on the culture of Athens allowing students to study Greek drama and analyse Greek art and architecture. The Roman component focuses upon the conflict and struggles of the late Republic era, allowing students to study individuals such as Caesar, Cicero, Mark Antony and Pompey Magnus.

What Next?

Many of our History students continue onto Higher Education to study History or other written degree courses.

Exam Board

Early Modern History: AQA

Modern World History: AQA

Classics: Ancient History: OCR

Entry Requirements

At least two 5s and three 4s at GCSE, including at least a 5 in History (if studied) and English Language.

Course Type

A Level

What other subjects go well with this subject?

Economics, English Literature, English Language, Modern Foreign Languages, Geography, Law, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies and Sociology.

Did you know?

History’s shortest war was between England and Zanzibar. It lasted only 38 minutes.


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