History - Key Stage 5

A-level students must take assessments in all three of the following components:

  • Component 1: Breadth Study
  • Component 2: Depth Study
  • Component 3: Historical Investigation (Personal Study)

A-level students will:

  • Study the history of more than one country
  • Study British history for component 1
  • Study non-British history for component 2
  • Study topics from a chronological range over 200 years 

Component 1

A historical theme in breadth and will be assessed through a 2 hour 30 minute examination consisting of three questions. This will contribute 40% of the overall A-level.

The Tudors: England, 1485 – 1603

  • Part One (year 12): Consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty, 1485 – 1547
  • Part Two (year 13): Turmoil and Triumph, 1547 - 1603

Component 2

The in depth study of a period of major historical change or development and will be assessed through a 2 hour 30 minute examination consisting of three questions. This will contribute 40% of the overall A-level.

The American Dream: Reality and Illusion, 1945 – 1980

  • Part One (year 12): Prosperity, Inequality and Superpower status, 1945 – 1952
  • Part Two (year 13): Challenges to the American Dream, 1963 - 1980

Component 3

Historical Investigation (Personal Study)

  • 3000-3500 words
  • 40 marks
  • 20% of A-level
  • Marked by teachers
  • Moderated by AQA (Examination Board)

As part of their Sixth Form course, students will analyse and evaluate the causes and consequences of historical events as well as assessing changes, developments and conflicting interpretations. As part of their investigation of historical issues they will use evidence critically in context with supporting detail to justify their conclusions.

A love of History, willingness to read around the subject and a positive attitude are essential to undertake this rewarding, but challenging, subject.


More details on this course can be found in our Sixth Form Course Guide.