A Level


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

Course Overview

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.

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


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.