Accessibility links

History A Level at Malton School

Course description

The study of History is popular. Those who enjoy finding out about the past discover themselves fascinated by the inter-involvement of different threads and themes. If you want to know why something is the way it is today then History is for you. You will study the history of a variety of countries, and develop a variety of academic skills. These range from researching any topic, developing your own ideas and arguments whilst maintaining your objectivity and understanding the different sides of an argument.

Entry requirements

What is necessary to study History at this level is simply an interest in the past and a reasonably good command of English. The prospective Historian needs to have an enquiring mind which demands evidence to prove theories. It is not essential to have studied the subject at GCSE.


The course will involve the study of British and World History. This will be divided into two examined units and a coursework unit. There are 2 AS exams at the end of the first year which cover the first half of the examined units (and count towards the standalone AS qualification). This does not count towards the A2 award, which is based on 2 exams at the end of year 13 and a piece of coursework.

Unit 1 – Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy 1603-1702.

Unit 2 – The American Dream: reality and illusion 1945-1980.

Unit 3 – Historical investigation— France 1783-1905.

Future opportunities

History is quite simply unique among all subjects. It opens up career opportunities in any field. This is because it teaches you such a huge variety of skills that you will not find anywhere else. Ask any employer, be they from the medical profession or a captain of industry and they will tell you that history is a great qualification to have. For example, did you know that Lord Sainsbury the Chairman of Sainsbury’s supermarket, and Ali G both have history degrees? University courses for recent students have included not just an increasing number choosing to study History, but also Engineering, Medicine, Music, English and Law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Malton School directly.

Last updated date: 20 February 2017

Key information