This A Level is included within the Humanities A Level pathway as a recommended core subject. It is included in the following pathways as a recommended additional subject:
However, you can choose History – British and American 20th Century - with any A Level/equivalent combination (except other History A Levels), there is plenty of choice and flexibility.
The content of this interesting course covers a wide range of historical events in the UK and the USA. Discover how America became the superpower that it is from 1865-1975, how it is governed and its attitudes to foreign powers. You will also look how Britain has changed in the period between 1951 and 2007, studying the welfare state, the Thatcher Revolution, war in Iraq and the changing lives of British people. Your coursework will cover the end of slavery in the USA.
You will study the course for 4.5 hours a week in the first year and 5 hours a week in the second year. You should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per week on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (in February/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.
Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including grade 4/C in English Language and Literature. If you studied History at school, you must have grade 4 and we would want you to genuine interest in the subject.
Future career and study opportunities
A history A Level is well respected by employers and universities. It is useful in a wide variety of careers such as journalism, law and teaching.
You will be expected to supply your own stationery and you may want to purchase a textbook and subscribe to the History Review (although this is available in the Learning Resource Centre). Contributions may also be required for extra activities and visits you wish to take part in, but costs are kept to a minimum.