At A level we want to continue to nurture independent learning in our students, whilst also forging them into knowledgeable and inquisitive citizens. We want them to enter adulthood having an excellent understanding of the social, political, economic successes and challenges of the past both in Britain and the wider world. We encourage debate and students to exercise their ‘voice’ in their history lessons.


Therefore, the History Department has chosen to follow the AQA A Level History specification:  


Our AS and A-level History qualifications have been designed to help students understand the significance of historical events, the role of individuals in history and the nature of change over time. Our qualifications will help them to gain a deeper understanding of the past through political, social, economic and cultural perspectives. The engaging topics available to them throughout the course will provide them with the knowledge and skills they require to succeed as AS and A-level historians. From the AQA website.


The A Level is assessed with 2 papers sat at the end of Year 13, and a 4000 word essay.


Paper 1: Breadth Study

Unit 1K: The making of a Superpower: USA 1865-1975.

40% A Level


Paper 2: Depth Study

Unit 2S: The Making of Modern Britain, 1951-2007.

40% A Level


Component 3: Non-Examined Assessment

A personal study taken in the form of a question in the context of approximately 100 years.

20% A Level


We offer our students the choice of 4 topics to complete their coursework on:


  1. Russia under Peter and Catherine the Great

  2. The collapse of Tsardom

  3. The 17th century European witch craze

  4. Rebellions in the Tudor period


For further information about our A Level History course, follow the link to AQA A Level Specification: