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Year 12

In the first year of A Level or for AS Level, you will study two broad topics that are linked by a period or a theme. You will look at broad developments and changes in the periods studied through a range of perspectives such as social, political and cultural.

The topic that we study is Route H: Democracies in Change: Britain and theUSA in the Twentieth Century.

  • Paper 1H: Britain Transformed 1918-97
  • Paper 2H.2: The USA 1955-92: Conformity and Challenge

Please note that although both the AS and the first year of A Level study the same topics, the examinations will have significant differences in terms of length of examination and the style of questions asked.

Year 13

During the second year of your A Level, you will carry out a depth study of an extended period of history, and will gain a firm understanding of the key issues, problems and debates associated with it.

There will also be a requirement to carry out an in-depth historical enquiry, where you examine the significance of a chosen factor, taking into account and analysing and evaluating historical interpretations associated with your chosen enquiry.

  • Paper 3 34.2 Poverty, public health and the state in Britain, 1780-1939.
  • Paper 4: The Historical Enquiry



An A Level in History will give you a number of different skills relevant to many types of employment, such as the ability to seek information and to analyse it in order to identify facts and motives, and to present information clearly for others to understand.

The skills you will obtain through studying History will be useful in a number of careers, either directly related to history (e.g. working in museums, galleries, heritage sites, records offices, archives, teaching) or in areas such as journalism, libraries, national and local government, law and the civil service.

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