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History - A Level at Lordswood Sixth Form Centre

Course description

New Linear A Level 

Course content

The new A level requires the study of British and global history as well as units which cover a period of 200 years.

Unit 1: Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII (1455-1485)

Unit 2: Apartheid and Reconciliation: South African Politics 1948–1999

Unit 3: The Middle East 1908–2011: Ottomans to Arab Spring

Unit 4: The Cold War [Coursework]

* The module selection is provisional but is likely to include some, if not all, of the units listed here.

Entry requirements

C grade or above in GCSE history or GCSE humanities. C grade or above in English.


Three examinations (80%) and coursework (20%)

Future opportunities

Students with an A level in history have progressed to degree programmes in areas such as history (modern or ancient), law, journalism, archaeology, American studies, and education. As a ‘facilitating’ subject, A level history will be given high consideration when applying for any university course so long as students meet the course core requirements. For example, some history students are now studying optometry and medicine.

Further information

What skills do I need to develop to be successful on this course?

Young children ask ‘why?’ as they seek to make sense of the world. For a historian this should still be your favourite question. Over the course of your A level studies we will help students to understand ‘why?’.

As part of this learning journey they will:

• Explore how different factors cause historical events.

• Explain why interpretations of history change over time.

• Identify parallels and differences between different periods and topics in history.

• Interpret a range of primary and secondary source material.

• Craft analytical and relevant essays with an increasing mastery of vocabulary.

• Develop independent research skills. By the end of their A level students will have acquired a deeper understanding of key historical events and processes, enabling them to apply their evaluative skills to other aspects of the past as well as the present.

What other subjects compliment A Level History?

History is a ‘facilitating’ A level subject which works well in combination with all subjects. History students often study other subjects which require a similar skills base such as government and politics, English literature, R.E., psychology, music, modern foreign languages, sociology and geography . Science students often choose history as evidence of their ability in a humanities based subject.

How will I be taught?

Students will be taught in a department of committed staff who have many years of experience in leading students to A level success in history. In 2014 and 2015, 100% of our students achieved A*- C. Students can expect well-structured lessons in which previous understanding is evaluated through quizzes, games and timed essays. Students will work individually and in groups, sometimes completing reading and analysis tasks and at other times preparing class presentations, podcasts or videos. Students can expect plenty of discussion and debate. Most note taking and research will be completed for homework to allow for time in lessons to explore difficult concepts or to consolidate understanding.

What extra-curricular opportunities are there?

Visit to London (including Parliament and Imperial War Museum)

Visit to RAF Cosford’s Cold War Museum

Lessons From Auschwitz program, selected students visit Auschwitz and lead on Holocaust Memorial Day activities within school

National Bar Mock

Trial Competition UK and US

Election Breakfast Lecture

Visit from Assistant Professor at Oxford University

University of Birmingham master classes

Previous students have been elected to the UK Youth Parliament History Mentor program to help KS3 and KS4 students excel in history allowing you to develop mentoring and coaching skills which can be very useful if considering any form of teaching career in the future

Student Testimonial, why study A Level History?

I would really recommend an A level in history to anyone who has a genuine interest in the past or in current affairs. It is one of the most highly valued humanities degrees by universities and it can lead to a whole range of career options. You need to be a student who has an inquiring mind and who is willing to act on your own initiative to find out the detail of the topics studied. If you are someone who enjoys debate then there are, of course, plenty of opportunities. I really feel like I have become an expert in lots of areas from studying history and it makes me feel more intelligent and informed outside of school. My writing style has also really improved due to history and I have learnt how to develop my arguments with more sophistication and a much better vocabulary. I’m going to university to study history for 3 more years but, even if that wasn’t my path, I wouldn’t regret studying history at all. It has made me much more questioning and evaluative about everything I see and hear in life. Bryannah Collins

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lordswood Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 22 November 2015
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