History

Course Description 

History A-level students complete Edexcel History A-level. This comprises of three papers covering both breadth and depth studies. The Breadth paper tests students’ understanding of historical arguments and interpretation whilst the Depth examines student’s evaluation of primary sources within their context. Students will also complete an historical investigation, designed to prepare students for undergraduate study. The Historical investigation is an independent enquiry. Students are required to write a 3,000-4,000 word piece that evaluates primary sources and a range of interpretations by academic historians.

Specification Link: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/history-2015.html

Topics:

  • Paper 1: Breadth study with Interpretation: In Search of the American dream: the USA 1917-1996 (Route: F)
  • Paper 2: Depth study: India 1914-1948: The Road to Independence (Route F)
  • Paper 3: Themes in Breadth with Aspects in Depth: TBC (Either Rebellion and Disorder under the Tudors or Britain: Losing and gaining an Empire 1763-1914)

Paper 4: Coursework

Year 12

  • Paper 1: In Search of the American dream: the USA 1917-1996 (30%)
  • Paper 2: India 1914-1948: The Road to Independence (20%)

Year 13

Paper 3 TBC (30%)
Coursework (20%)

Congratulations to all A Level students

90% A*-C

Best of luck in your future pursuits and well done on all the hard work

History isn’t a subject that is stuck in the past, far from it. Historical events such as the Opium and Falklands Wars, and figures such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King have shaped the world we live in. The GCE History course has been designed to help you understand the value and significance of world events in the past. In the process you’ll gain a deeper understanding of social, cultural religious and ethnic diversity which will help improve your understanding of why people act as they do today. By end of the course you will learn how to investigate and evaluate sources as well as to explain a range of arguments and interpretations

History is a very popular A-Level choice which is highly respected by all universities because it gives you the knowledge and skills necessary for higher education and which are also useful in any career. Students who specialise in history can go on to become historical researchers and teachers however history also supports other career paths like journalism, politics, economics, law, social work and public services.