History

A Level

REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE

History is an endlessly fascinating, richly rewarding journey into past cultures, civilisations, lives, and ideas.

It is well respected by universities and employers because of the analytical skills you develop.

It opens doors to a wide range of careers including law, journalism and teaching.

Priestley offers two History options so you can choose to study the periods that most interest you!

 

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

Modern history option: Unit 1 comprises a study of the USA 1917-1996. In unit 2 you’ll investigate the reasons for the establishment, and fall, of Apartheid in South Africa from 1948-1994. In the second year, you will study the impact of war in Britain from the Napoleonic conflicts to the First World War.

Early modern history: The course begins with a study of the 17th century in Britain. This includes the turbulent reigns of Charles I, Charles II, and James II.

The second module is an in depth study of the French Revolution. You will focus on the years 1774-1799, learning about the execution of the King and Queen and the period of Terror under Robespierre. In the second year you’ll study the European witch-craze 1580-1750.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE ASSESSED

Year 1 (AS) – two written exams at the end of the first year

Year 2 (A-Level) – three written exams and coursework

All exams are essay based.

 

PROGRESSION

Priestley students have gone on to study Law, Ancient History and Archaeology, teaching, politics, American studies, Philosophy, and many other courses at Russell Group universities. History graduates are employed in a diverse range of careers including banks, accountancy, television and media, management, law firms, journalism, and local and national government.