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A Level: History at De Lisle College

Course description

History maintains its status as a highly academic and challenging subject. It continues to be recognised as a ‘facilitator’ subject by the Russell Group universities.

At De Lisle there is probably no better time to be continuing or re-starting your study of History. The new A level was launched September 2015.

Course content

The History A Level will be taught concurrently. Students will study the AQA specification.

Candidates will study European and British History over a 200 hundred year period collectively.

In Year 1 candidates will sit two 1hr and 30 minute examinations.

In Year 2 candidates will sit two 2hr and 30 minute examinations and complete a 3,500 word Historical Enquiry.


The English Revolution 1625-1660 (1642 for AS level)

The Quest for Political Stability: Germany, 1871-1991 (1929 for AS level)

Students will investigate a variety of themes, issues and debates relating to this fascinating time in world History.

The Historical Enquiry questions will be generated by candidates but will cover Russian History between 1825-1941


The specification encourages candidates to develop their capacity for critical thinking and to see relationships between different aspects of history in its broader perspectives such as between its politics, economic, social and cultural dimensions and to appreciate the diversities of societies, developments affecting different groups, the significance of events and issues and the role of individuals within them.

•Acquiring a broad range of historical knowledge and understanding, including a sense of development over time, and an appreciation of the culture and attitudes of societies other than our own.

• Evaluating critically the significance and utility of a large body of material, including evidence from contemporary sources and the opinions of more recent historians.

Entry requirements

To be accepted into De Lisle College Sixth Form students need to achieve 4 grade 4's and 2 grade 5's. A minimum of grade 4 in English and Maths is recommended.

Additionally, this subject requires:

Minimum grade 5 in GCSE History or grade 5 in English GCSE.



At AS - two examined units - one on European History and one British.

At A2 - covers British history 1918-64 (one examination of one hour 30 minutes) and a personal study (approximately 3,500 words) analysing an historical issue or problem showing understanding of change over a 100 year period of Russian history, worth 20% of the total A level marks.

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Future opportunities

A level History can lead to a variety of careers and further education prospects. Students often pursue careers in:








Further information

The College holds an ‘Into the Sixth Form Evening’ in November, where prospective students can find out more about the course. Otherwise further information on this course can be obtained by contacting De Lisle.


Applications can be made online via the De Lisle Sixth Form website

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact De Lisle College directly.

Last updated date: 07 October 2018
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