History can be both inspiring and alarming and heartening and disturbing. Choose History to learn the story of progress and civilisation as well as catastrophe and inhumanity.

Course Overview
Year 1

There are a number of different options of study for A level History, covering different periods and areas of focus. The offer to students is likely to vary depending on the CLF staff teaching A level in any given year.

Options that students study are usually taken from the following list:

Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855–1964: A study of Russia under the Tsars, the revolution of 1917 and the actions of the Communist governments of Lenin, Stalin and Khrushchev up to 1964.

The Making of Modern Britain: A study of government, politics and the economy of Britain in the twentieth century which includes studying prime Ministers such as Churchill, Thatcher and Blair.

Coursework: The Era of the Wars of the Roses 1377-1485: A study of a medieval civil war when the throne changed hands violently on 6 occasions. You will plan, research and answer your own enquiry question.

The American Revolution: The story of how America became independent from Britain.

Coursework: Personal Investigation chosen on a guided topic of your choice.

Year 2

Common degrees for History students include History, Politics, Law, Economics, Sociology and many others.


Typical careers followed by A Level history students: Solicitor; journalist; archivist; teacher; historian; politician and accountant.

My History course has given me the great opportunity to investigate and form my own opinions about the past.

Year 13 student

Key Facts

Qualification type:

A Level

Additional entry requirements:

Grade 5 in History & English


2 Written Examinations at the end of Year 13, together with one piece of coursework

Paper 1 – 40% of the A Level 2 hours 30 minutes.

Paper 2 – 40% of the A Level. 2 hours & 30 minutes.

Coursework - 20% of the A Level


Opportunities for work-related activities:

Visit to the Richard III museum in Leicester and the site of the Battle of Bosworth in preparation for coursework.


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