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A Level: History

History, Philosophy and Theology

History, Philosophy and Theology
History, Philosophy and Theology

What will you be working towards?

Code 9
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Why study this subject?

A Level History encourages students to question and interpret different accounts of historical events and justify their own point of view. This subject also helps to develop the ability to read critically, evaluate evidence, write persuasively and sustain an argument. This subject is for those who enjoy reading, problem solving and discussion.

Where can this subject lead?

Studying history can give students skills which are highly prized in higher education and by employers. History students often go on to study law, history and many other degrees. History is regarded as a facilitating subject by the Russell Group Universities.


Paper 1 Breadth Study:  Tsarist and Communist Russia 2 hours 30 min exam 40%

-Trying to preserve autocracy 1855-1894

-The collapse of Autocracy 1894-1917

-The emergence of the Communist dictatorship

-The Stalinist dictatorship & reaction

Paper 2 Depth Study: Religious Conflict and the Church in England 1529-1570 2 hours 30 min exam 40%

-The Church in c1529

-The break from Rome c1529-1537

-Change & reaction, 1536-1547

-A more Protestant Nation

-The restoration of Papal Authority

-The establishment of the Church of England

Paper 3: Historical Investigation (Coursework) The Fight for Irish Independence 1823 -1921 (3,000-3,500 word essay A personal study on a question selected by the students 20 %)

-Daniel O'Connell & The Catholic Association's fight for emancipation

-The Potato Famine

-The Land League

-Constitutional Nationalism

-Revolutionary Nationalism

-The Ulster Volunteer Force

-Easter Rising

-Irish Republican Army

-Partition of Ireland

How will it be delivered?


Entry requirements

Five standard passes at GCSE (at least a Grade 4). This must include at least a Grade 4 in English Language and Maths at GCSE.

Students will need to gain at least a Grade 4 in the subjects they would like to study at A Level.

Literature: requires at least a Grade 5 in English (Literature or Language).

Maths: requires at least a Grade 6 in maths.

Science Subjects:

• For those students who have studied Combined Science at least two Grade 5s will be required.

• For those students who have studied Triple Science at least two Grade 5s will be required with at least a Grade 5 in the science subject/s they wish to study at A Level.

Your next steps...

Apart from being extremely enjoyable and enabling students to learn about the past, history also offers students the opportunity to acquire and improve on many of the key skills identified by employers.

Historians are able to work alone, their ideas-orientated and develop a sceptical and questioning approach to evidence. Their ability to organise and analyse a wide-range of materials and present their conclusions in a clear and objective way is appreciated by a diverse range of employers.

A History degree provides an opening for a wide range of careers e.g. Administrative and IT work, Sales, PR, Retail, and Library, Museum and Information services.  Also, of the subjects studied as first degrees by directors of the top 100 British companies, History was ranked 4th (behind Engineering, Science and Maths, and Economics).


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