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History A Level at West Lakes Academy

Course description

AS and A Level History is an excellent academic qualification that complements many subject combinations. It is a challenging course and best suited to students who love exploring different ideas about the past and writing.

Course content

Component 1: Breadth Study: Industrialisation and the People: Britain. c1783 -1832

This option allows students to study the economic, political and social changes in this period of rapid change and development.

We explore questions like:

  • How was Britain governed and how did democracy develop?
  • How and with what results did the economy develop and change?
  • How and with what results did society and social policy develop?
  • How important were ideas and ideology?
  • How important was the role of individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?

Component 2: Depth Study: The Cold War. c1945 - 1963

Students explore his option provides for the study in depth of the evolving course of international relations during an era of tension between communist and capitalist powers which threatened nuclear Armageddon.

It explores concepts such as communism and anti-communism, aggression and d├ętente and also encourages students to reflect on the power of modern military technology, what hastens confrontation and what forces promote peace in the modern world.

Second year of A Level Students continue with component 1 and 2.

Component 1: Industrialisation and the People: Britain. C1832 - 1885

  • Focusing on the Victorian period

Component 2: The Cold War: c1963 - 1991

  • Students also undertake a personal study

Component 3: Historical Investigation

  • Students conduct a historical investigation based on a development or issue which has been subject to different historical interpretations. The subject is their own choice but must cover a period of 200 years.

Entry requirements

For you to be successful in AS/A Level History you need to have achieved: 5 A* to C at GCSE with a C or above in GCSE History


The AS level course is assessed by two written exams; these are 1 hour 30 minutes long, each is worth 50 marks and both contribute equally to the final AS grade.

  • Breadth study - students must answer two questions from two sections.
  • Depth study paper - students must answer two questions from two sections.

The A Level course is assessed by two written exams that are all 2 hours 30 minutes long .

  • The historical enquiry is worth 40 marks and is internally assessed and externally moderated. It is worth 20% of the overall marks.

Future opportunities

History is highly valued subject at both university and the world of work. It is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in areas such as journalism, media, research jobs such as archivists, law and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Lakes Academy directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2017
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