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History A Level

Level 3
A Level
Two years
Telephone: 01792 890700 (Gorseinon)


Immerse yourself in the captivating world of history with our A Level History course. Explore significant historical events, personalities, and ideas that have shaped our society. This course aims to develop your critical thinking, research, and analytical skills as you delve into topics like Tudor Wales and England, Nazi Germany, the Cold War, and the Civil Rights Movement.  

Through in-depth study and engaging discussions, you will gain a profound understanding of the past and its influence on the present. By the end of the course, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to construct compelling arguments and interpretations of historical events, preparing you for further studies or careers in fields such as history, politics, law, and journalism.

Key information

  • A minimum of seven GCSEs at grades A*-C
  • Including minimum B grades in English Language or History (if taken at GCSE)
  • A passion for history and an eagerness to explore different historical contexts.

The course offers an engaging learning experience that combines classroom-based instruction with interactive activities. Through lectures, group discussions, and independent research, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of historical events and themes. Assessments will be conducted to evaluate your progress and understanding of the subject, including essay assignments and examinations. There are also opportunities for engagement outside of the classroom, e.g., a study visit to the Imperial War Museum in London.  

Grading Criteria: 

The grading criteria will focus on your ability to demonstrate historical knowledge, interpret primary sources and secondary extracts, and construct well-structured arguments.  

All five units are worth 20% each of the final A2 grade.  

Year 1 – two examination papers:

  • Unit 1: Government, Rebellion and Society in Tudor Wales and England c. 1485-1603  
  • Unit 2: Part 1: Weimar and its challenges, c.1918-1933

Year 2 – two examination papers and one piece of coursework:

  • Unit 3: The American Century, c.1890-1990 
  • Unit 4: Part 2: Nazi Germany, c.1933-1945 
  • Unit 5: Historical Interpretations (coursework) 

Completing A-Level History provides a solid foundation for your future academic and professional endeavours. The course opens up a range of progression opportunities, including higher education in history, politics, international relations, or related disciplines. 

The critical thinking, research, and communication skills developed during the course are highly transferable and sought after in various career paths such as journalism, law, public policy, and heritage management.