A Level: History

Course title: Advanced GCE in History

Exam board: AQA

Subject specific entry criteria: Grade 7 in GCSE History.

Course overview

Unit 1: Breadth Study

Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855–1964

This option allows students to address the following key questions:

  • How was Russia governed and how did political authority change and develop?
  • Why did opposition develop and how effective was it?
  • How and with what results did the economy develop and change?
  • What was the extent of social and cultural change?
  • How important were ideas and ideology?
  • How important was the role of individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?

Unit 2: Depth Study

Wars and Welfare: Britain in Transition, 1906–1957

This option provides for the study of a transformative period of British history, during which democratically elected government faced a series of challenges, both internally and externally, and British society underwent fundamental change.

Unit 3: Historical Enquiry NEA

  • A personal study based on the Crusades. This should take the form of a question in the context of c.100 years.
  • 3000-3500 words
Assessment overview

Unit 1: written exam:

  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  •  40% of A Level

Unit 2: written exam:

  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 40% of A Level

Unit 3: Marked by teachers and moderated by AQA

  • 20% of A Level
Future progression

History can be studied at university in its own right, as well as in combination with other subjects such as Languages, Politics or Economics. There are also a range of related degrees such as International Relations or American Studies.

Potential careers

The majority of students who take History degrees do not enter a field connected to History. Those who do can be teachers, archaeologists, archivists or professional historians. Others enter a wide range of professions including the law, marketing, journalism, the armed forces, and management roles to name just a few. In fact, many of the skills you develop make it an ideal training for almost any profession. It is a highly regarded subject.

How to succeed in History

You will need a genuine interest in the subject and a passion for debate and argument. You should be prepared to work hard and to read and to read and write extensively.