Board:  AQA

Course Aims

To stimulate interest in and promote the study of History

  • through the acquisition of understanding and knowledge of selected periods or themes;
  • by consideration of the nature of historical sources and the methods used by historians;

Through an acquaintance with a variety of approaches to become familiar with differing interpretations of historical problems;

  • by promoting an awareness of change and continuity in the past;
  • by developing strong analytical, research, literary and presentation skills;
  • developing a life-long interest in the subject both for its academic discipline and for its broader recreational aspects (e.g. visits to historical sites, museums, re-creations of the past);
  • through the promotion of discussion and argument.

Course Details

GCE History (7041, 7042) has two parts to content:

  • AS level
  • A Level

But they are two seperate exams. AS and A level is studied in Year 12, A Level continues in Year 13.

Programme of study in Year 12

  • ‘AS’ level History contains 2 modules:
  • A Depth Study: The end of Absolutism and The French Revolution, 1774-1795
  • A Breadth Study: Absolutism challenged: Britain 1603-1649

Programme of study in Year 13

  • ‘A’ level History contains 3 modules:
  • The two options from AS will be continued and completed:
  • Depth Study: The rise of Napoleon and his impact on France and Europe, 1795-1815
  • Breadth Study: Monarchy restored and restrained: Britain, 1649-1702
  • Component 3 is An Historical Investigation (20% of A level marks - internally assessed) This is a Personal Study based on a topic in the form of a question answered in 3000 to 3500 words in the context of approximately 100 Years.  It cannot duplicate the content of the options chosen in the Breadth and Depth studies. It is internally marked and then moderated by the board.

Entry Requirements

  • ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade in GCSE History
  • ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade in GCSE English Language and Literature

Study Skills Required

  • Disciplined methodical approach to note-taking and reading
  • Interest in politics, social and economic issues.

Teaching Approaches


  • Teacher exposition
  • Seminar work in which students make their own written and oral presentations
  • Discussion and debate
  • Independent research
  • Group research
  • Essay writing - with clear guidance
  • Use of primary and secondary evidence


Careers and Support Subjects

History is widely regarded as one of the most demanding academic disciplines which has not diluted its standards in recent years.  Universities know that students who offer A’ level History are disciplined, can assimilate a large body of significant information, can analyse and present logical written and oral presentations.  These skills are essential in any career and, therefore, History is a very good “entrée” for all the professions - most especially law, journalism, politics, media work, museum and library work, research analysts, tourism and antiquarian fields - the fine arts.

History combines well with other humanities subjects, e.g. English, Modern Languages, Religious Studies and also with Geography, Biology and Mathematics.

Progression to A2 is contingent on achieving grade C or above at AS level and behaviour, attendance and punctuality records will also be taken into consideration.