History (all periods) A Level at Aquinas College
A level History is about analysis, not just describing what happened. What factors caused a particular event, and what evidence is there to support a particular historical interpretation? Over the two years, stu-dents gain a good understanding of the historical process.
A level students will be required to study topics from a chronological range of at least 200 years and a strong focus on British history.
The A-level also contains a historical enquiry that is independently researched and that investigates specific historical questions, problems or issues.
Students must study the history of more than one country
One of the examined components must be British History
Students study topics from a chronological range of at least 200 years
Students take one of two routes, each of which involves three components.
Students choose either Option A or Option B at the beginning of the two-year A level.
Option A The Age of the Crusades, c1071–1204
Religious Conflict and the Church in England, c1529–c1570
The Witch-hunts of Early Modern Europe, c1450-1650
Option B Tsarist and Communist Russia, c1855–1964
The Making of Modern Britain, c1951 – 2007
The Causes of the French Revolution c1685-1789
Grade 4 in both GCSE English Language and Maths + 4 grade Cs in other subjects (which could include English Literature grade 4)
History is a widely valued A-level, and the skills of analytical and critical thinking and writing which it develops provide a fantastic grounding for all sorts of university courses in the humanities and social sciences.
Many Aquinas students go on to read History at prestigious ‘Russell Group’ universities or opt for studies in related subjects such as Politics, Archaeology, Economics or Philosophy. History is also a very good grounding for Law, and many students convert to a legal career through postgraduate study.
Apart from obviously historical careers in the heritage sector, museums and academia, history leads in other directions: many of the country’s top journalists, business leaders and politicians are historians. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, did A-level History and Tristram Hunt, Labour’s Education spokesperson, is a distinguished historian.
Aquinas historians pay annual visits to Pendle in Lancashire, the site of England’s most notorious witch-craze, and the most important Tudor sites in London, the Tower and Hampton Court.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Aquinas College directly.