The History course covers two key periods in Britain and the USA. We study the development of the USA from the end of the Civil War in 1865 to the height of the Cold War in 1975, analysing how the USA developed into a world superpower. We also look in depth at Britain from the years 1906 – 1957 during a period of two world wars and a move to provide welfare to the worst off in society. For the coursework component we delve further back in time and examine change over the Stuart period 1603-1714.
A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including Maths, with at least two at grade 6 including English.
You do not need to have studied GCSE History, but if you have, you should have at least grade 6.
A Level History is highly regarded by universities and employers because of the broad range of skills required to be successful in the subject. History can lead directly into careers in teaching, archival work, the heritage industry and journalism. It also has benefits for any job requiring the ability to write effectively or to research and process information in order to develop logical plans.
In the last 3 years, 4 historians have progressed to Oxford University to read History or associated subjects. Last year, our students also went on to read History at Leeds, Bristol and University College London.
The course is assessed through two exams at the end of year 2 (40% each), as well as coursework (20%).
20% of the course is based on coursework. This is an independent historical investigation which we do at the end of year 1 and start of year 2.
80% of the course is based on exams in the summer of year 2.