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GCE A Level

Costs: Any departmental organised trips or visits will incur a cost. 

Specific requirements

A list of entry requirements can be found here.

What will I study?

To study ‘A’ level History you need an interest in the world around you, an enquiring mind and the ability to weigh up different evidence or arguments.

You will study over 200 years of History, which will include at least one period of British History. 

You will study the lives of ordinary people as well as the impact of great historical figures. 

You will use original source material, video evidence, discussion, debate, and essay writing. 

You will be assessed by both exam and coursework. 

The department provides its own intranet site and department booklets to help you in your journey to becoming an historian.


Where does it lead?

You can progress to higher education courses such as honours degrees in History, or to degrees in related subjects such as Politics, English Literature, Economics or Geography; or to vocational qualifications such as the BTEC Higher National Certificate/Diploma in Media (Journalism) or in Travel and Tourism.

An A level in History will give you a number of skills relevant to many types of employment, such as the ability to seek information and to analyse it in order to identify facts and motives and to present information clearly for others to understand. 

The skills you will obtain through studying history will be useful in a number of careers, either directly related to history (e.g. working in museums, galleries, heritage sites, record offices and archives and teaching), or in areas such as journalism, libraries, national and local government and the civil service.