A Level History
Study the past to understand the future!
Why should I study History?
History is a fascinating and respected subject. You will gain an in-depth understanding of aspects of modern history in contrasting countries. You will have the opportunity to express your understanding, not just through essays, but by analysing and evaluating evidence, developing and strengthening their judgements and through participating in discussion and debate. Not only is history a fascinating subject, taught by experienced staff, but it is a highly respected qualification which allows students to access a range of careers and further study in a range of subjects.
What will I study?
There are four units. In year 12 you will study Germany 1918-1989 and Italy 1911-1946. This allows students to consider how countries have been ruled both as a democracy and also under a dictatorship. In year 13 students will explore the nature of British warfare from 1790-1918, which covers not only a broad study of military history, but also technological and social developments. The final unit is coursework, which is currently assessed through an independent essay on the Vietnam War.
How is A Level History assessed?
Two 2 hour and 15 minute exams, worth 30% each, and one 1 hour and 30 minute paper, worth 20%. Coursework is worth 20%.
What can I study with History?
History combines well with a multitude of subjects. Many students combine it with other subjects which require essay writing skills such as English language or literature, sociology, psychology and philosophy and ethics. However, the logic required to form a reasoned argument, mean that some students like to combine it with mathematics and computer science.
Where does a qualification in History lead?
The skills of analysis, evaluation of evidence, developed extended writing and research means students are well-equipped for a variety of careers and areas of further study.
Minimum subject requirements
Students should have a grade 6 in either History or English.
DACA History Alumni
Subjects: History, English literature, religious studies and EPQ
Studying history and politics at Manchester Metropolitan University