What Will I Study?
The courses offer the opportunity to study a wide range of historical periods and specifically the dynamics that drive each of these. Please see the specific course content for further information.
As part of your A Level History course you are required to study both British and non-British History topics which cover a minimum of 200 years. Over the two year A’ Level course you will have the opportunity to study one of the following three pathways:
A Level (two year course)
1. 'Conquest and control'
2. 'Revolution and reform'
3. 'Dictatorship and democracy'
The course will use a variety of different teaching methods ranging from lectures and discussions, through to student presentations and individual research. The lectuers aim to bridge the gap between school and university so there is an emphasis on encouraging students to think for themselves. There is a high expectation on students to participate in all sessions.
Assessment is through three examinations at the end of the course as well as a coursework module in the second year.
Assessment is through three examinations at the end of the course as well as a coursework module in the second year:
Paper 1: 2 hours 15 mins during which time you will answer two essay questions and one historical interpretations question.
Paper 2: 1 hour 30 mins during which time you will answer one essay question and one primary source analysis question.
Paper 3: 2 hours 15 mins during which time you will answer two essay questions and a primary source analysis question.
The coursework assesses historical interpretations and between 3, 000 and 4, 000 words.
History is one of the most commonly provided and popular course at University. History A Level gives students the relevant skills and experience of research, referencing and essay writing that is invaluable for study at higher education, both directly for a History degree but also for many others. History is also a university course which can be combined with another subject (traditionally in the arts/humanities area) to create a Joint Honours courses, these include:
- History of Art
After University, graduates with History degrees have countless career routes available to them such as journalism, politics, banking, law and further study and research.
With our new programme there is the potential opportunity to travel to Italy or Germany together with visits to the British Museum and student conferences with the University of the West of England.
Each course has a course booklet that includes exam advice and additional reading. These cost £1 each.
If students have taken GCSE History, they have to have achieved a Grade 4 or above to take A-level History.
With our new specification we are hoping to develop a rich programme of opportunities but currently we have had visiting professors lecturing on America's role in the Vietnam War, and the significance of the poppy to Remembrance. We have also joined with Classical Civilisations on trips to the British Museum as well as student conferences with the University of the West of England.
Yes. You will start the coursework at the end of the first year and hand it in during the first term of the second year.
No, if you have taken GCSE History or Humanities a minimum of a grade 4 is required.
There are three written exams in addition to coursework.
Progression and Career Opportunities
The average salary for history graduates is £26,500 depending upon career path, while the highest earning 10% of them earn £64,200.
- Conservation Officer
- Historic Buildings Inspector
- Museum Curator
- Heritage Manager
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