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A Level

Course Overview

Do you know why the USA lost the war in Vietnam or have you thought about why the British lost control of India, the “Jewel in the Crown” of its Empire?

Can you explain the reasons for the failure of the ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ or the reasons for progress on civil rights in the USA up to 1980? History at A Level is about being able to put forward an argument and back it up with evidence. In History you develop highly regarded skills in the analysis of evidence and the ability to communicate in a concise and logical style. University applications which include History A Level are well received by admissions tutors.

History combines well with all other humanities subjects, but also with modern foreign languages, social sciences and as a stand-alone subject alongside sciences.

Course Topics

  • In Search of the American Dream: the USA, c. 1917-96
  • The Road to Independence: India, c. 1914-48
  • The British Experience of Warfare: c. 1790-1918
  • The Origins of the First World War


Course Features

  • A range of topics covering British, European, US and World History.
  • Investigating History over a 200 year period, delving back as far as the late 18th century.
  • Debating the roles of famous individuals such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X.
  • Exploring History at Advanced Level through an in depth personal research project.

Trips & Visits

Take a look at some of the amazing trips and visits that our students have embarked on this year. These experiences have been carefully crafted to support their studies in this subject and we hope they will leave you inspired and motivated!

Battlefields on the Western Front

History students had a moving and immersive experience exploring the Battlefields on the Western Front, visiting significant sites like the Canadian Vimy Ridge Memorial, Ypres Salient, and ‘In Flanders Field’ museum, paying tribute to the fallen and gaining a profound understanding of the impact of trench warfare during the First World War.


  • Exams: 80%
  • Coursework: 20%
  • Awarding Body: Pearson Edexcel


  • Pass Rate -100%
  • High Grades – 63%

Where Courses Become Careers

History at A Level is viewed as a strong subject by all the top universities and is described as a facilitating subject which they like to see on applications from students. You don’t therefore have to go on to study History at University for it to be a useful A Level for you to take. History can be a career choice in itself in terms of courses in Higher Education but also in a range of occupations where the skills and understanding developed in a History course is valued. There are also careers where some specific Historical knowledge and understanding is required.

Make your mark

History develops a range of skills which are valued by employers. The analytical and evaluative skills required to complete A Level History are seen as important generic workplace skills which good employees need to bring to their roles. History encourages participation in projects with local museums such as a War Graves project and students have been on a number of visits to historical sites to see the interaction between History and the world of work, for example, understanding how laws are made through a visit to Parliament. You will develop the Stoke6th Graduate Attributes, improving your resilience, independence of thought, creativity, respect for others’ views and communication skills.

If you are unsure what course you think you should choose or what career you would like to aspire towards then contact Admissions:

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