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History A level at The Bourne Academy

Course description

History gives a strong academic basis for a huge number of university courses. If you plan to study History at university or you are aiming for a career in government, education business or public relations, History is the right A level subject for you.

A level History is a two year course. At the end of the first year you will be awarded a grade for AS History. After the second year you will be awarded the full A level (A2).

Course content


  • Unit 1 – Change and Consolidation – 50% of AS, 25% of A level
  • Topic: The Crusading Movement and the Latin East, 1095–1204


  • Unit 2 – Historical Issues: Periods of Change, 50% of AS, 25% of A level
  • Challenging British Dominance: the Loss of the American Colonies, 1754–1783 (B)


  • Unit 3 - The State and the People: Change and Continuity – 30% of A level
  • Topic: The Triumph of Elizabeth: Britain, 1547–1603 (B)


  • Unit 4 - Historical Enquiry – 20% of A level
  • Topic: Candidates choice of a historical theme, personality or event that covers 100 years

Entry requirements

Students will need to have five or more A*- C grades at GCSE and you must have at least a grade B in GCSE History. A level History is a demanding academic course requiring strong analysis skills and the ability to perform extensive independent reading and research.


A level History is 100% examination at AS and 30% at A2 with coursework comprising 20% (unit 4).

Future opportunities

History at A level will develop your skills of communication, critical thinking, analysis and evaluation whilst provide you with the confidence needed to perform well in many academic university subjects. Historical texts and source materials will be used to ensure students are developing the skills of real historians in preparation for University level courses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years