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History AS level at The Mandeville School

Course description

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.

Course content

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.

Entry requirements

It is essential to have Grade C or above in English to take this course. History GCSE Grade B or above is preferable but not essential.


  • Britain, 1625 -1701: Conflict Revolution and Settlement. 2 hour 15 minute written examination
  • France in Revolution 1774-99: 1 hour 30 minute written examination

Future opportunities

With A level History you can progress to higher education courses, for example degrees in History, Politics, English Literature, Economics or Geography.

An Advanced GCE 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 (eg working in museums, galleries, heritage sites, record offices and archives and teaching), or in areas such as journalism, libraries, national and local government and the civil service.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Mandeville School directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year