A-Level History is an ideal choice if you have an inquiring, critical or analytical mindset.
It combines very well with other humanities or social science subjects and is an ideal contrasting subject for science and maths.
- Average point score* of 4.5 or above, calculated from all GCSE subjects. Your point score MUST include at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above - including English Language or Maths
- If your English Language is a D/3, your Maths must be at least a C/4 and vice versa
- Grade C/5 or above in GCSE History (if taken)
- Grade C/4 in or above in GCSE English Language.
What will I study?
You will learn about the history of Germany – from the Unification in 1871 to its evolution from empire to democracy by 1929. British medieval history – namely Henry VI and the origin of the Wars of the Roses, from 1450 to 1471 Germany from 1929 to 1991 – the Third Reich, the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall and Re-unification The Wars of the Roses from 1450 to 1499 – the reign of Richard III (whose skeleton was discovered in a Leicester car park in 2013), the seizure and the consolidation of power by the first Tudor (Henry VII) Personal Study on a topic of your choice – this historical investigation forms the coursework element of A-Level History and is worth 20% of your final grade.
What could I do next?
If you are thinking of a career in Teaching, Law, Publishing or Journalism – or any role that requires the ability to communicate effectively and to evaluate/analyse complex data – then A-Level History can help. Former History students can be found at most of the top universities in the UK. In recent years a Grade A in History has helped such students on to degrees in History, Law, Medicine, Journalism and many other subjects.