We study history in order to learn about the past but often what is most evident is how powerfully the past and present are connected.

To be a good historian at A Level you will need to be able to explore both sides of an argument and see alternative points of view before developing your own evaluation of the facts and documents of the time. This is a highly interpretative subject and class activities encourage independent thinking, very high level reading skills and a thirst for synthesising information from a range of sources, before attempting to evaluate them and reach conclusions of your own.

Subject content

You will study European and British history, covering a period of 200 years. The main focus will be on the 19th and 20th centuries. In the first year you will  tudy a broad period of British history which will give you the opportunity to assess and evaluate historical interpretations. You will also study in  depth the history of Russia from 1894 to 1924, focusing on the end of the Tsarist regime, the Russian revolutions of 1917 and the beginning of the world’s first communist country. The second year concentrates on Germany from the unification of the German states in 1871, through to the rise of the Nazis,  the impact of the Second World War and the consequent division of Germany into East and West. The course ends with the reunification of Germany in  1990. In addition, you will develop your analytical, evaluative and research skills through the coursework enquiry you will undertake which focuses on  the historical controversy of the responsibility for the outbreak of war in 1914.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 or above in History.


Assessment is by  examinations and coursework .

Progression opportunities

A Level History is a highly valued subject at university and beyond. The development of your skills as a historian may enable progression into careers as diverse as law, journalism, media, marketing, management and teaching. More specialist careers might include museum curator, archaeologist, archivist or researcher.