History gives you an insight into how historians investigate and interpret the past and provides the tools to examine historical and contemporary sources to determine their reliability and utility. This subject allows you to develop the skills of a working historian by understanding the historical key concepts of change, continuity, causation, consequence, significance and perspectives.
Our early modern history route examines revolutions in early modern and modern Europe, with a focus upon the English civil wars and the French Revolution. During the second year, you will study political agitation and parliamentary reform in Britain, as well as completing a coursework module. This will provide you with an opportunity to produce an independent research project investigating why historians disagree about an issue of your choosing. In addition, students will have the opportunity to involve themselves in community projects, as well as a residential abroad.
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You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 5 range including English.
You will be assessed through three written examinations at the end of your second year. You are also required to submit a 4,000 word coursework essay.
A good grade in A Level history is highly valued by all universities. It is suitable for those intending to study a wide range of subjects at undergraduate level but may be of particular value to those intending to study history, archaeology, politics, law or English. Several alumni have successfully gained places to read history at Oxbridge or Russell Group universities. A handful of alumni now hold doctorates in the field.
Studying this subject has helped me understand the evolution of early modern society. It has also enabled me to improve my essay writing skills, benefitting me in all my subjects.
A Levels (Early Modern History, Psychology & English Language)