“This is the first time that I’ve studied History and I’m really enjoying the topics as I have always been interested in historical events. The lessons are a lot more engaging because the class sizes are smaller. I feel like the teachers are really keen to know what support I need and to offer that support.” Thomas Emslie.
AS Level History (Level 3)
A Level History (Level 3)
Duration of programme
1 year for AS Level
2 years for A Level
AS and A Level are separate qualifications but are taught alongside each other for the first year. This gives AS students the opportunity to switch to the full A Level if they are ready.
For AS and A Level History, 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C (grade 4) or above are normally required; these should include English, Maths and History. There will also be an internal assessment to ensure that you are working at the appropriate level.
However, your individual circumstances can be discussed at your Pre-Entry Assessment.
You will only be able to join us for the second year of A level, if you have studied AS units which are identical to the ones we offer.
History has two units and they are a British History Unit: The Tudors and a non-British History unit: Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-1945. These units carry across both AS and the second year of A level.
At the end of the AS year, if you are continuing with the full A Level you will get teacher support and advice from the exam board on identifying a topic that you can research and study independently.
Students are taught in small groups; there is a mixture of discussion and written work. Students undertake lesson preparation tasks as well as formal essay homework and exam practice. Materials are available electronically via Moodle and, where appropriate, key texts are also produced in a variety of paper-based formats such as large print and braille.
AS: 100% exam
A Level: 20% coursework and 80% exam
After studying A Level History, most students go on to Higher Education, which might include degrees in History or other humanities.