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St Thomas More

Catholic School


History (A Level)

Course outline (EDEXCEL Route H - Democracies in change)

AS History – Paper 1 Britain transformed 1919 -1997. Paper 2 The USA 1920 – 1955.

A Level History – Poverty, Public health and growth of Government 1780 – 1939.  Independent coursework assignment.

What type of student succeeds at History A Level?

Successful historians usually have a broad range of skills. These include an ability to analyse various types of cultural artefacts and sources, challenge presumptions, identify causal links and trends, conduct independent research, and presenting your ideas in well-ordered and supported arguments. You need to be fully dedicated to your studies.

Subject requirements at GCSE

A minimum of a Grade 7 at History GCSE is required in order to study History at A Level. In addition, all students must write an entrance essay based on holiday homework. All students are expected to have achieved at least a grade 7 in English and show strong ability to analyse texts if they have not studied History at GCSE.

Complementary subjects

History courses produce a diverse group of graduates. This shows that the study of history can provide a foundation from which to pursue interests in many different fields, be that social politics, human behaviour or even international Art. History is well paired with a wide range of subjects: Art, Geography, English, Education, and Law.


Students receive multiple homework each week. History requires a large amount of reading and independent research and students need to develop a full understanding of the events being studied. Students complete fortnightly essays to develop writing skills and build knowledge.

Student View

“History has helped me to develop the way I think and not just take things at face value, it has encouraged me to question the world around me and investigate events to a deeper level than I thought possible”.                     


Future Directions

Which university courses require History A Level?

History degrees require History A Level. Law, Education, Marketing, Media, Classics, Politics or PR courses all highly value the study of history.

Which university courses look favourably on History A Level?

History A Level is favourable for any degree course which requires analytical thinking and offers a chance to express a judgement or opinion. The world is your oyster.

What are the entry requirements to study History at university?

History entry requirements vary by establishment but usually are quite high. Anywhere between BBC and AAA.

Which careers could History A Level lead to? History leads to a wide range of possible careers including; Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations, Journalism and Media, Research and Heritage, Teaching, Law, Business, and Public service.