A Level


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 French Revolution: The story of how the French people fought for freedom, overthrowing and executing their King in the process.

Civil Rights in the USA, 1865-1992.

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


As a student of History we learn to answer any question by developing our skills and key concepts such as cause, effect, change, continuity, significance and importance. We question, challenge and debate everything we hear, read or see. This helps us develop our skills in assessing the reliability of historical evidence. We develop historical knowledge and understanding required to function more effectively in the modern world. We explore the big historical questions and how they relate to the world we live in today. We learn to create substantial, supported written arguments. We critically analyse interpretations and sources of evidence. We engage with a variety of content including local, national, European and World history, including multicultural, women’s and LGBT history. We explore historical controversies, debates and challenge received historical wisdom. We acquire knowledge and skills to help us access a wide range of skills and future experiences. We well prepare for the study of History and other subjects at University, if students choose this route.


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.

Additional Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in History & English..


Two 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..