A Level History


The history A-level will allow you to cover defining periods in British and world history over a 1000 year period. You will study Anglo-Saxon England, learning about life before the Norman invasion and defeat of the Anglo-Saxons at the Battle of Hastings and what it meant for English life afterwards and the decline in Anglo-Saxon culture and language.

You will also study the Crusades, a period of history defining political and religious events, whose after-effects can in some ways be felt today in the Middle East. Modern history will also be studied, looking at the rapid social development and change from the 1880s through to the present learning how positions in society and political and economic events have shaped our cultural directions.

You are assessed through a series of three exams, and a piece of coursework in the second year.

This course really encourages you to think for yourself, to question the world around you and to see issues from a different point of view. This is valuable to most employers and universities.

What will I study?

  • The Crusades, c1095-1204 - religious and political reasons, chivalry, leadership, growth of Crusader kingdoms, Saladin
  • Anglo-Saxon England and the Anglo-Norman Kingdom, c1053-1106 - life in Anglo-Saxon England, Harold Godwinson, William of Normandy and the Norman invasion, Norman England
  • Mass media and social change in Britain, 1882-2004 - role of women in society, war work, feminism, technology, political development, social change
  • Coursework - Mass media and social change in Britain, 1882-2004 - 3000-4000 word extended essay on an independently researched inquiry on the key historical debate.
Subject: History
Qualification Type: A Levels
Study Location: Attlee A Level Academy

Entry Requirement:

Grade 6 or above in GCSE English, You must have at least 5 GCSEs grades 9-4 including English and Maths producing an average point score of 42 and at least one grade 6 in a written subject.

Where does it lead:

University to study History, Law, Politics, International Relations or Philosophy, Possible careers include law, journalism, civil service, local government and archiving

Who is the course available for: 16-18

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