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History A Level at The Whitehaven Academy

Course description

Historians are often asked: what is the use or relevance of studying History?

The answer is that History is inescapable and also teaches you skills that will help you in all areas of life.

For example:

  • Self-discipline
  • Independence of mind, and initiative including key critical skills
  • Ability to work with others
  • Data analysis and record keeping
  • Problem solving
  • Fluency in delivering verbal and written presentations/arguments
  • Intellectual integrity and maturity

The A level History qualification looks at a range of subjects over a 200 year period, including:

  • The British Empire 1857–1967
  • The Cold War 1945–1991
  • Russia in the Age of Absolutism and Enlightenment 1682–1796

Entry requirements

We welcome students that have achieved at least 5 A*-C in academic subjects at GCSE. It is essential that students have achieved at least a C grade in GCSE English Language and preferable that they also have a grade B in GCSE History. However, we will consider applicants who have not studied History since key stage 3 so long as they show aptitude in other related humanities subjects.


AS – 2 written examination papers

A2 – 1 written examination paper and 1 extended essay

Future opportunities

There are numerous pathways open to A-Level and graduate historians. These include employment in a diverse range of fields including: accountancy, administration, advertising, education, human resources, journalism, law, management, marketing, politics, project management, public relations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Whitehaven Academy directly.

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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