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A Level, Level 3


This is an exciting and relevant course which maps the colossal changes in the world order from 1760 to 1990.

The emphasis is on skills development. You will learn how to analyse and evaluate original source documents, as well as how to construct good historical arguments using reliable information and source materials.

History appeals to anyone with a strong interest in current affairs, world politics, or just a desire to know how our present has its roots in the past. It is also popular with people who like to dig deep into the great stories which have shaped the world we live in today.

The skills you build can open doors to many exciting careers including:

  • Teaching (school and university)
  • Politics
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Researcher
  • Human Resources
  • Archaeology

Subjects will include:

  • The history of the Industrial Revolution in Britain from 1759 to 1928
  • The history of the Russian Revolution in 1917 and its political impact
  • The history of the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), the world’s first Communist state that the Russian Revolution brought into being
  • The history of the GDR (German Democratic Republic), another Communist state created by the USSR following the defeat and destruction of Nazi Germany

Many of our students progress onto a university degree, either to study History as a single subject or in combination with another discipline. It is recommended that if you have a desire to study History at degree-level, that you also study English Literature at A Level. Some universities require A Level English Literature as a facilitating subject to study History.

5 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 including English Language and Maths


Grade 5 in English Language and Literature

80% Exam, 20% Coursework

Where can it lead?