Head of Department

Mr D Clapp

Examining Body


Overview of the course

A-level History is a subject that will broaden the inquisitive mind and foster an appetite for discussion and debate.  The History A-level is a subject in which students can discuss different views and opinions before formulating their own judgements about historical events.  Evaluation and judgement are at the heart of the History A-level and it is these skills that students utilise effectively upon continuation of their educational journey at university. 

Course Details 

Unit 1 – The Tudors (1485-1603)

This unit provides students with the opportunity to learn about the entire Tudor period.  Students will start with the reign of Henry VII and the consolidation of his power, followed by Henry VIII and his struggle for Royal Supremacy.  Students will also gain knowledge of his successors, Edward VI, Mary I (the ‘Mid-Tudor Crisis) and the ‘triumph’ of Elizabeth I.  Key themes that students will study include; the volatile arena of foreign policy, religious turmoil and the social changes brought about by the Tudor regimes.

Unit 2 – The American Dream (1945-1980)

Key Questions explored in this unit are: What challenges were faced by the USA at home and abroad as it emerged from the Second World War as a Superpower? Was the ‘American dream’ shared by all?  How far did American identity at home and abroad, anti-communism, social equality, ethnic identities and federal versus states’ rights change?

Unit 3 – Independent Historical Enquiry

This module allows students to select a topic of their choice. Through mentoring and support lessons, students will independently research and investigate their chosen theme.

They will use primary and secondary source material to produce a 3,500-word investigation which is internally assessed.



A Level History examinations will take place at the end of Year 13.

Unit 1 = 40% of the A Level Course assessed in a 2hr 30min examination

Unit 2 = 40% of the A Level Course assessed in a 2hr 30min examination

Unit 3 = 20% of the A Level Course internally assessed in Year 13.

Possible Career Paths 

History offers many exciting routes for future career paths including: journalism, education, law, TV/Film researcher, archivist, public and civil service.  History shows an employer or university that you have key literacy skills, can study independently and can analyse arguments and create your own judgements.