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History A-Level

What is History A-Level?

Classics: Ancient 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 today. It not only involves the reconstruction and interpretation of the past, but the development of the critical skills necessary to unlocking its secrets.

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.

Modern World History:

Modern World History allows you to critically evaluate 19th and 20th Century British and World History at a time of great expansion, development and conflict.

What Will You Study?

Classics: Ancient History:

  • Greek States and the Persians
  • Rise and fall of the Athenian Empire
  • Culture of Athens (including Greek drama, art & architecture)
  • Development of the Roman Empire
  • Julio-Claudian Emperors & the Flavian Dynasty
  • Individual characters including Caligula, Nero & Domitian

Early Modern History:

  • Wars of the Roses (1450 – 1499)
  • Spanish Age of Discovery (1469 – 1598)
  • British Crown Rebellion 1536 – 1651

Modern World History:

  • British Empire (1857 – 1967)
  • Cold War (1945 – 1991)
  • Demise of Slavery (1776 – 1877)

What Next?

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

Exam Board

Classics: Ancient History: OCR

Early Modern History: AQA

Modern World History: AQA

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.

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