History

"Study the past if you would define the future" is a quotation from Confucius which strongly relates to A level History. The study of History will enhance your knowledge of the past and equip you with valuable skills which will aid you in a life beyond 6th Form.

Through the study of The Wars of the Roses and The Crusades, you will examine historical themes including warfare, religion, politics and their cause and consequence in a way that will allow you to develop a wide range of skills to confidently analyse, interpret and comment on the past.

Course Type

AS and A Level

Entry requirements

  • Grade B in GCSE History (if studied)
  • Level 6 in GCSE English Language

Course breakdown

In Year 12, you will study a range of topics, including:

The Age of the Crusades, 1071 – 1149

  • The Origins of Conflict and the First Crusade, 1071 – 1099
  • The Foundation of New States and the Second Crusade, 1099–1149

The Wars of the Roses, 1450 – 1471

  • The Origins of Conflict, 1450 – 1459
  • The War of the Barons, 1459 – 1461
  • The Triumph of the Yorkists, 1461 – 1471

In Year 13, you will build on your first year of study, exploring topics in more breadth and depth:

The Age of the Crusades, 1071 – 1204

  • The Muslim Counter-Crusades and Crusader States, 1149 – 1187
  • The Third and Fourth Crusades, 1187–1204

The Wars of the Roses, 1450 – 1499

  • ‘The Sun in Splendour’: The Reign of Edward IV, 1471 – 1483
  • The Downfall of the Yorkist Monarchy, 1483 – 1486
  • The End of the Yorkist Dynasty, 1486 – 1499

In addition, you will also undertake a historical investigation - a personal study based on a topic of your choosing, focused on a period of approximately 100 years.

How will the course be assessed?

At the end of Year 12, you will be entered for the AS level in History. This will assess the content and skills covered in the first year of study.

  • Exam: The Age of the Crusades – 1.5 hours – 50% of AS level
  • Exam: The War of the Roses – 1.5 hours – 50% of AS level

At the end of Year 13, you will be entered for the A level in History. This will assess the content and skills covered in both years of study.

  • Exam: The Age of the Crusades – 2.5 hours – 40% of A level
  • Exam: The War of the Roses – 2.5 hours– 40% of A level
  • Coursework: Historical Investigation – 20% of A level

Note that this is a reformed A level. This means that the grades obtained for the AS level do not contribute to the final A level grade.

Where can the course lead?

A level History is recognised by universities as a strong academic subject and can help to provide access to further study in areas such as History, Law, Politics, Humanities and Archaeology.

Additionally, the skills learnt in History are transferable into employment and can lead to careers in teaching, law, finance, journalism and the heritage industry.