What is it about?

This qualification is designed to foster the development of critical and reflective thinking with an understanding of historical topics and issues; and to encourage an awareness of the importance of historical awareness in explaining contemporary issues.

The main purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners by providing a suitable foundation for the study of history or related courses in Higher Education. A further purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners intending to pursue careers or further study in history, or as part of a general education.

What will I be studying?

  • Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest 1035–1107
  • Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919–1963
  • Civil Rights in the USA 1865–1992


What skills will I learn?

  • improve as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds
  • develop the ability to ask relevant and significant questions about the past and to research them
  • acquire an understanding of the nature of historical study, for example that history is concerned with judgements based on available evidence and that historical judgements are provisional
  • develop their use and understanding of historical terms, concepts and skills
  • make links and draw comparisons within and/or across different periods and aspects of the past
  • organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways, arguing a case and reaching substantiated judgements

How will I be assessed?

3 external examinations at the end of the course.

One topic-based essay which is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Where might it lead me?

The skills gained from studying history can lead to a wide-range of careers and university course in the following areas:-

  • History
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Archaeology
  • Economics
  • Marketing
  • English language and literature
  • Sociology

Who can I ask for more information about this subject?

Miss Morris and Mrs York on the second floor in the humanities department.

Where can find more information about A level History?

The OCR website www.ocr.org.uk gives further details of the A level specification.

Are there any specific subject requirements?

In line with Academy expectations.