History A Level

About the subject

Apart from being interesting, History is useful.  Employers who see that you have a qualification in history immediately know certain things about you.  They will know that you have certain skills which, learnt through history, can be applied to all sorts of situations.  They know that: you understand how people tick, what motivates them, what they think and feel; you are able to gather and read different kinds of information; you’re  able to analyse information; you can read images and charts; you are able to communicate clearly and have learned to express yourself verbally and on paper.

The course at Collyer’s aims to deepen your knowledge and understanding of topics you may have studied in the past, as well as help you learn about new issues and periods. The concepts of continuity and change and similarity and difference run through the entire course, and help you to analyse major threads in British, European and world history, such as political extremism.

Learning styles

We want you to enjoy History and, because people learn in different ways, we offer a variety of approaches to learning: discussion, group work, debate, note taking, independent research etc.   In addition, we offer students the chance to study in different settings, such as conferences, museums and residential trips.  For example, in 2018 many of our students visited China to see first-hand some of the places they had studied in class, and later in the same academic year some students visited Auschwitz,  to deepen their understanding of the Holocaust. You are not required to take part in residential visits, but we would hope that everyone gets involved in one of our many enrichment activities at some stage.

Subject Combinations and Progression

In terms of skills, History prepares you for both university and the workplace. As such, students choose History to contrast as well as complement their other subjects; scientists and mathematicians are as likely to opt for the subject as social scientists and linguists for example.

History is a particularly good qualification for budding journalists, civil servants, accountants, lawyers and media researchers, to name but a few careers.

Subject Modules and Assessment

A-level students take the examinations at the end of the second year.

Module 1  Russia 1917-1990: From Lenin to Yeltsin  (Written exam, 30% of A-Level qualification)

Module 2 Mao’s China, 1949-1976 (Written exam, 20% of A-level qualification)

Module 3  Britain  (Written exam, 30% of A-Level qualification)

Module 4  Coursework  (Written submission, 20% of A-level qualification)


Entry requirements

GCSE 4  in English Language