Exam Board: Edexcel    Duration: 2 years    Entry Requirements: Grade 6 in GCSE History, Grade 5 in GCSE English Language or Literature and Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics.

Reasons to study A Level History


Studying History allows students to gain a deeper understanding of how the past has shaped and continues to shape societies and national and global relationships. From the Collapse of the Soviet Union to the development of British Democracy, students who study with us will be able to better understand the causes and consequences of past and current conflicts and political reforms that still resonate today.

Course Outline


Unit 1 Y113 – Britain 1930-1997:
Explore the dynamic and transformative period of British history from 1930 to 1997 in Unit 1. Delve into the social, economic, and political changes that shaped Britain during this time, examining key events such as World War II, the post-war consensus, and the challenges of the Cold War.
Gain a nuanced understanding of the factors that propelled the nation into the modern era.

Unit 2 Y219 – Russia 1894-1941:
Embark on a journey through the tumultuous history of Russia from 1894 to 1941 in Unit 2.
Investigate the decline of the Romanov dynasty, the seismic shifts of the Russian Revolution, and the complex interplay of political ideologies during this transformative period. Analyse the impact of World War I, the rise of communism, and the challenges faced by the Soviet Union in the face of external pressures and internal strife.

Unit 3 Y316 – Britain and Ireland 1791-1921:
Unit 3 invites you to unravel the intricate tapestry of British and Irish history from 1791 to 1921.
Explore the social, economic, and political threads that wove through this era, including the Irish Home Rule movement, the impact of industrialization, and the complex relationships between Britain and Ireland. Examine the struggles for independence and the formation of modern nation-states against the backdrop of a changing global landscape.

Unit 4 Topic based essay:
3000-4000 words. This will be on either content from Paper 1 or Paper 2. Craft a compelling narrative, supported by a meticulous analysis of sources and interpretations, as you engage with the historiography of your chosen topic. This essay provides an opportunity to showcase your understanding of historical methods, critical thinking, and your ability to construct a coherent and persuasive argument within the chosen historical context.

Assessment Outline


Unit 1 Britain 1930-1997: Written exam
(1 hour 30 minutes) and is worth 25% of the A Level.

Unit 2 Russia 1894-1941: Written exam
(1 hour) and is worth 15% of the A Level.

Unit 3 Britain and Ireland 1791-1921: Written exam
(2 hours 30 minutes) and is worth 40% of the A Level.

Unit 4 Coursework: Essay 3,000-4,000 words and is worth 20% of the A Level.

Progression Routes and Career Paths


  • Journalist
  • Diplomatic Service
  • Politics
  • Local Government Officer
  • Historian
  • Archivist
  • Museum Curator
  • Researcher
  • Heritage Manager
  • Academic Writer
  • Archaeologist
  • Documentary Filmmaker
  • Lawyer
  • Teacher or Lecturer
  • Archivist
  • Researcher
  • Museum work

The Romero’s History Department


A committed team of expert teachers who share their love of their subject with passion.

Opportunities for enrichment and extensive field work to areas both locally and further afield with a vision of overseas fieldwork.

A team of teachers who at GCSE have, year on year, delivered some of the strongest outcomes in the country.

Further Information


For more information or if you have any questions about the A Level History course please contact:

Mr W Bowerman – Subject Leader for History [email protected]