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History at Abraham Darby Academy

Course description

History will be a natural progression from GCSE History and is equally suitable either for those who are studying either predominantly Arts, or predominantly Science/Mathematical subjects. They should be imaginative, capable of self-motivation and regular study and reasonably interested in current affairs / politics which the course does much (directly and indirectly) to illuminate. They should enjoy reading and thinking critically about what they read.  History is classed as a ‘facilitating subject’ by Russell Group universities.

Course content

There are 2 study units in the A Level course. The first year of the course includes a period study on Russia from 1855-1917. This covers the buildup to the Russian Revolution, the events of the revolution itself and the development of Soviet Russia, The second study is a depth study leading up to the outbreak of the English Civil war from 1625- 1642. During the second year of study students will extend the study of the units of the first year to a later date. In the case of Russia to 1968 and for the English Civil wars to 1660.   In addition during the second year of A level, students will complete coursework on historical interpretations. The topic will be of their own choice.


Entry requirements

You will need at least five 9-5 grades at GCSE to include History.  These are guidelines only and every student’s application will be treated on an individual basis.


The A Level course is assessed through one written examination of two and a half hours for each topic.  This will include structured questions, essays and evidence based questions.  The coursework is 3,000 – 4,000 words.   

Future opportunities

History is an ideal qualification for those who want to enter the law, business and administration, the police service, the armed forces, journalism, leisure and tourism as well as teaching.




Further information

What skills will I develop?

Students are required to explore the theoretical and methodological issues of history. They then apply these skills in the study topics from a wide range of alternatives. The study of History fosters the ability to grasp ideas and concepts, to ask pertinent questions, to select and appraise the evidence which allows them to be answered, to make fruitful comparisons and to argue cogently and persuasively.

What other subjects should I study with History?

History is very popular and highly regarded, going well with other arts and social science subjects like English or Geography. History is also one of the most popular choices of scientists looking to add breadth to their Sixth Form studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Abraham Darby Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years