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History A Level at Northampton Academy

Course description

History is not just the study of the past. When we study our ancestors and why they did what they did, we are investigating human behaviour and gaining an insight into the lessons we may learn for the present day, as well as gaining a range of analytical and evaluative skills that are highly valued by employers and universities alike.

Course content

For the award of an AS History qualification a student must complete two compulsory units:
Unit 1 – Churchill’s Britain.
Unit 2 – Democracy & Dictatorship in Germany

For the A level qualification student must complete the following A2 units:
Unit 3 – Witchcraft & Heresy in the 16th Century
Unit 4 – Coursework – Black civil rights movement.

Entry requirements

At least 5 A* - C GCSE’s including a minimum Grade 6 in English Language, a minimum Grade 4 in Mathematics and a minimum of a Grade B in History if previously studied or a minimum of Grade 6 in English Language.


The AS units are all based on a final examination. At A2 level Unit 4 comprises of a single 4000-word essay. Unit 1 is based on a final examination.

Future opportunities

With a qualification in History you could go on to Higher Education, not just to study History, but any one of the many Arts and Social Science courses available. With or without a degree, you can use a History qualification to work in a great variety of jobs in business and administration, the police service, the law, journalism and the media (as well as the more obvious careers like teaching or working in museums and libraries). The skills you gain from studying History mean that you have the ability to weigh up both sides of the argument, make sense of and synthesising many different kinds of evidence, the ability to prioritise and to recognise stronger and weaker argument.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 August 2017
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