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A level

Develop your skills of written and verbal communication, evaluation, analysis, assessment and expression as you study revolution, the collapse of the monarchy and the establishment of new regimes on our History course.

The History A level course consists of three core units. You will study England 1603-1702, considering the causes and events of the English Civil War and the execution of King Charles I in 1649 and assessing how far the monarchy was changed after the Restoration. You will also study and produce coursework on the struggle for black Civil Rights in America, 1860-1965. You will be given the opportunity to specialise in either Russia 1917-1953 or Germany 1918-1945.

We will support your growing interest in understanding different time periods and the impact of political change on societies by presenting you with a number of opportunities to learn outside the classroom with activities such as guest speakers, trips and student conferences.

Course Content

History allows you to explore different aspects of the past, and to study how leaders, ordinary people, beliefs and conflict helped shape events. This  course focuses times of significant change: on  revolution,  the collapse of monarchy, and the establishment of new regimes.

Year 1

You  will  study  Britain  1603-1649  considering  the  causes  and events of the English Civil War; with focus on James I and Charles I and the ways in which they governed
England. You will then opt to  study   either  the  Russian  Revolution  1917-1929;
exploring Stalin’s  rise  to  power,  or  The  Weimar   Republic  1918-1933; exploring the rise of the Nazis.

Year 2

You will study the consequences of the events covered in Year 1,  focusing on the
restoration and limitation  of the monarch  in Britain 1649-1702; beginning with Cromwell’s Republic and Charles II. You will then continue with your option from Year 1. Students
studying Russia  will  consider  the  nature  and  impact  of  Stalin’s  rule1929-1953; while those studying Germany will consider the impact of the Nazi dictatorship on the
German population. All students will also complete a non-examined assessment on the struggle for black civil rights in America 1865-1968.


  • 80% Exam
  • 20% Coursework
  • Exam Board: AQA

Special Features

Members of the History Department have the opportunity to take part in a number of popular ‘extra’ activities.

In the past few years these have included representing the college in the Lessons from Auschwitz  Project historical film showings at the Picturehouse; talks by visiting speakers; trips to student conferences in London.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4, including GCSE Maths.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE English Language.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE History if taken.

Please note; you may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2021/2022 course costs. 

After Long Road

The study of History at this level can lead to a range of careers in fields such as journalism, politics, law and marketing.

Employers also appreciate the qualities that History develops: the ability to question, interpret, and evaluate, think critically, write persuasively and sustain an argument.

Examples of degrees being taken by students who recently completed their courses are:

  • History at Sussex University,
  • History at Manchester University,
  • Politics with History at Liverpool University,
  • Law at Southampton University,
  • Modern History at Essex University.
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