Specific Entry Requirements
There are no specific entry requirements, although it is beneficial to have studied History up to IGCSE/GCSE. The ability to write well is important so a good grasp of English is very helpful.
AS Level: American History
- The history of the USA, 1820–1941
- The origins of the Civil War, 1820–61
- Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861–77
- The Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1870s to 1920
- The Great Crash, The Great Depression and the New Deal policies, 1920–41.
A Level: International industry, with a focus on post-war international relations
- The origins and development of the Cold War
- International history, 1945–92
- Theme 1: US–Soviet relations during the Cold War, 1950–91
- Theme 2: The spread of communism in East and Southeast Asia, 1945–91
- Theme 3: Decolonisation, the Cold War and the UN in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1950–92
- Theme 4: Conflict in the Middle East, 1948–91.
How You Will Be Assesed
Paper 1: Document question of 1 hour 15 minutes. Candidates answer one two-part document question on one of the options given.
Paper 2: Outline study of 1 hour 45 minutes. Candidates answer two two-part questions from three on one of the options given.
Paper 3: Interpretations question of 1 hour 15 minutes. Candidates answer one interpretations question on one of the options given in the syllabus.
Paper 4: Depth study of 1 hour 45 minutes. Candidates answer two questions on their chosen depth study.
University Courses and Career Paths
History is a highly regarded subject at both A Level and degree level. Historians have the choice to enter a number of fields due to their ability to think independently, argue critically and speak eloquently.
Aside from the study and teaching of history, many History graduates choose careers in fields such as law, journalism, politics and the armed forces. Others are also found in areas such as marketing and the media.