A Level

The study of A Level History will see you explore the past and support your understanding of how society is shaped today. In this fascinating course you will develop highly valued skills such as the ability to investigate and evaluate evidence, helping you to appreciate events of the past. You’ll build a deeper understanding of a range of key events and individuals from history that continue to have an impact in the modern world.

This course is more than the dates you will learn about, this is a subject that will see you explore what it means to be human, and how any given event in history, recent or otherwise, can be perceived in different ways dependent on the voice telling the story.

Specific requirements

You’ll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen Pathway.

For more information about the pathways, please click here.

Your learning experience

Topics, historical periods and movements you will study, include:

  • Conflict and Reformation in Tudor England (1529-1570)
  • The Quest for Political Stability in Germany (1871-1991)
  • US Civil Rights (1909-2009)

An enriching experience

Studying A Level History at HNC is an enriching experience. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to develop your skills and interests, broadening your horizons and building your cultural capital. These experiences are integral to life at HNC and will

help you to stand out from the crowd. Some of the experiences our A Level History students enjoy, include:

  • Participating in trips and visits to relevant historical landmarks
  • Taking part in lunchtime enrichment opportunities such as Book Club and Film Club
  • Participating in inspirational and valuable guest workshops and university lecturers

Enlightening opportunities

We are proud of the unique experiences that are available to our students both inside and outside of the classroom. These will stretch and challenge you to develop the skills you’ll need to achieve the life-changing qualifications that will lead you to your dream career.

As you study more than one period of history, you will enjoy a wide ranging and interesting experience. Through your studies you will develop your skills in clear and concise communication (both written and verbal), the ability to evaluate evidence and draw conclusions – and our life- changing opportunities outside of the classroom will build your cultural capital. Many of our A Level History students also take part in our XL Programme, which provides you with unique and exceptional opportunities to support progression to world leading universities.

How will you be assessed?

This course is assessed via examinations and coursework.

Where does it lead?

A Level History is a highly regarded subject and will support your progression to a fantastic range of degrees and careers as it develops key skills in communication, presentation, extended writing and investigation, meaning this qualification is welcomed by universities and employers alike.

Our students naturally move into related careers including International Relations, Archaeology, Politics and Law, but of course this is a course that builds many transferable skills, so the opportunities for progression are almost endless! Some of the common degree paths our students have recently progressed to include:

  • History
  • Law
  • Anthropology
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Art History
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Good to Know
A Level History is a commonly required subject by universities and is often a requirement for courses at Oxbridge and Russell Group universities. You also don’t have to have applied to study the subject at GCSE to take it at A Level.
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