History A Level

Course Description

History has created modern society and is important to our of the world we live in. People mistakenly see history as something ‘fixed’ when in fact the past is open to interpretation and history changes. The victors re-write their nation’s past and give it their own ‘spin’. Ignorance of history prevents us from putting current world conflicts into their proper context. Study History and you will never be taken in by ‘spin’ or become a victim of propaganda. You will always demand: “Where is the evidence? Prove what you claim is true.”

Entry Requirements

Students studying four A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade 7, 8 or 9 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 6 or above. Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 4 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4.

Course Content

You will study the History of more than one country or state and develop an understanding of more than one period. This will allow you to develop a strong sense of historical perspective, creating greater appreciation of the key features of a period, its particular characteristics and the forces for change. You will also develop greater understanding of the complexity of the Historical process, allowing detailed study of the interrelationships between ideas, individuals and circumstances that contribute to change and development.

Skills Developed are: Communicate clearly and concisely, both in speech and writing; identify, locate and assess the veracity and validity of evidence; evaluate and reconcile conflicting evidence; draw conclusions from fact rather than opinion.


Components 1 and 2 are written exams: 2 hours 30 minutes
• three questions (one compulsory)
• 80 marks
• 40% of A Level

Component 3 - Historical investigation: 3000–3500 words
• 40 marks
• 20% of A Level

Enrichment and Work Experience

There is the opportunity to complete a one week work placement in the summer term. We regularly have a visit from renown historians including Chris Wood.

Additional Information

How we work – we use a variety of teaching and learning styles such as individual learning, paired work, source evaluation, research tasks, past paper questions, discussion and debate and structured tasks. We set weekly homework.

Links with other subjects:
The content and skills complement most subjects. History students often combine History with English, Politics, Religion Studies, Economics, Maths and Sciences.

Future Career Opportunities

History students are very employable because of the inter-personal skills they acquire during their studies. A Level History provides students with a range of transferable skills which open up many career paths. History teaches the investigative and analytical skills involved in presenting well-researched reports that bring together and evaluate large amounts of critically assessed data. Consequently, due to the high-level skills of investigation, communication and presentation History graduates are highly employable in all sectors of the economy, especially industry, commerce and the professions. Many go into finance, the law or the civil service. Others obtain employment in the media, information technology, libraries, museums, leisure services, teaching or tourism.

Why Study at BSFC?

You will experience outstanding teaching, and extensive support to ensure you reach your potential.