A Level History

“A Level History is both demanding and a prestigious qualification for universities and employers.”


A Level

Awarding Body


Course Specification

Who to contact for more information about this course

Queries should be directed to Mr Lalor

Years taught

Year 13

What is the course structure?

  • A Breadth Study – The Tudors: England, 1485-1603

  • A Depth Study – Italy and Fascism, 1900-1945

  • The coursework topic of study: ‘African American Civil Rights in the USA’

What will I study?

Breadth Study – The Tudors: England, 1485-1603

It covers how effectively the Tudors restored and developed the powers of the monarch, how England governed during this period, relationships with foreign powers, English society, intellectual and religious ideas and the importance of key individuals.

Depth Study – Italy and Fascism, 1900-1945

This covers a period of Italian history during which democracy gave way to Fascism.

It requires an exploration of concepts such as liberalism, extremism, Fascism and authority and the factors which promote and sustain dictatorship.

Personal investigation

This allows allows learners to consider an issue which has been subject to different historical interpretations as a basis for their coursework.

History offers the opportunity to refine your skills of communication, analysis and research. It is this unique combination of disciplines which makes A Level History both demanding and a prestigious qualification for both universities and employers. History learners enter a wide range of careers including Law, Banking, Politics, the Civil Service and the Media to name but a few.

How is the course assessed?

  • The Tudors: England, 1485-1603 (40%)
    Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

  • Italy and Fascism, 1900-1945 (40%)
    Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

  • Personal investigation (20%)
    Non-exam assessment, 3000 to 3500 words

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