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History A Level

A Level History

Entry Requirements

Standard Mandeville Sixth Form entry requirement.  It is essential to have Grade C equivalent or above in English to take this course.  History GCSE Grade B or above is preferable but not essential.


Students will take their examinations at the end of Year 13.

In Year 12 students will study:

  • Britain, 1625-1701: Conflict Revolution and Settlement. 2 hour 15 minute written examination

  • France in Revolution 1774-99: 1 hour 30 minute written examination

In Year 13 students will study:

  • Civil rights and race relations in the USA 1850-2009: 2 hour 15 minute examination

  • Coursework: Origins of the First World War

Our students study Revolutions in early and modern Europe. The topics studied are Britain in the Stuart period, including the rule of Charles I and the Civil Wars, Cromwell and the Commonwealth, and the restoration of the monarchy. There is also an in-depth study of the French Revolution, looking at the rule of Louis XVI and the causes of the revolution, and the subsequent political, social and economic changes.

In Year 13 our students will study Civil Rights in the USA between 1850 and 2009. This will look at the period which began with millions of black Americans in slavery and end with Barack Obama as President. The coursework unit investigates historical interpretations of the origins of World War One.

Going into A level history is a smart move if you want a fascinating subject that offers you a range of career possibilities at the end. A level history gives you a similar level of desirability as an English qualification does, as the methods of assessment are relatively the same. However, A level history gives you a much broader range of knowledge.

General Information about the Course

With A level history you can progress to higher education courses, for example degrees in history, politics, English literature, economics, geography or law. An A level in history will give you a number of skills relevant to many types of employment, such as the ability to seek information and to analyse it in order to identify facts and motives and to present information clearly for others to understand.

The skills you will obtain through studying history will be useful in a number of careers, either directly related to history, for example working in museums, galleries, heritage sites, record offices and archives and teaching. Also in areas such as journalism, libraries, national and local government and the civil service.

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