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Why study History at A level?

History is about people, their ambitions, actions and responses to events. It is relevant to our lives as it has shaped the world we live in today. It is useful because it develops a range of analytical and communication skills that compliment a wide range of other subject choices from English, MFL, and Social Sciences. Top universities, in all subject areas, like students who have undergone the academic training provided by A level history

Year 12 – AS Level

Unit 1: British Period Study and Enquiry

Liberals, Conservatives and the Rise of Labour 1846-1918 or Britain 1930-1997

Unit 2: Non-British Period Study

Italy 1896-1943

Year 13 – A level

Unit 3: Thematic Study and Historical Interpretations

The Changing Nature of Warfare 1792-1945 or Popular Culture and the Witchcraze of the 16th and 17th Centuries

Unit 4: Topic Based Essay

Napoleon I

How it will be assessed

Students will sit two examinations at the end of Year 12 (Units 1 & 2), the

Historical Themes and Interpretations paper will be done at the end of Year13. The Topic Based Essay will be completed in Year 13.

Qualification Details

The AS Level achieved at the end of the Lower 6 th is worth up to 70 UCAS points. The A Level achieved at the end of the Upper 6th is worth up to 140 UCAS points.

Entry Requirements

We want students who:

  • Have enjoyed History at Mosslands.
  • Have a real interest and enthusiasm for learning about the past.
  • Are good at analysing and interpretation.
  • Can communicate their ideas clearly.
  • Enjoy independent study.
  • Have plenty of determination.
  • Student should have GCSE History and GCSE English, Grade C or above.

For more information, please see the following:

Mr Potts, Mr Hepworth, Miss Holland and Mrs Coats

What is expected of you?

You will be expected to attend all lessons and complete all tasks on time.

What it prepares you for?

Higher Education

The skills of critical analysis, interpretation, and evaluation you will learn at

History A level will be attractive to all universities. When applying for any degree course, a background in History will be recognised as an indication of academic rigour and achievement. Degree courses in History are very popular and many students take advantage of the opportunity to continue studying the subject alone or combined with a new and interesting discipline, such as politics or economics.


There are many careers specific to History such as archaeology, the heritage industry, curating or even teaching!! At the same time, high proportions of students move from a degree in History to careers in law, accountancy, business management and politics.