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History A-Level

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What is History A-Level?

Classics: Ancient History:

the History A-Level course is 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.
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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.
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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

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

Modern World History: AQA

Entry Requirements for History A-Level

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

Have you considered studying a Mixed Programme (A-Levels and Btecs) Whether you’re on target to achieve five 5s in your GCSEs or not there may still be an option to study A-Levels alongside a BTEC qualification at Newman.

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What other subjects go well with this subject?

Economics, English Literature, English Language, Modern Foreign Languages, Geography, Law, Philosophy, Psychology, Ethics, Philosophy & Religion and Sociology.

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