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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. The study of History, 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 World History, Early Modern History and Classics: Ancient History.

What Will You Study?

Early Modern History: 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 course 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.

Classics: Ancient History: You 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 World History: AQA
Classics: Ancient History: OCR
Early Modern History: AQA

Entry Requirements

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

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.

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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