A-Level History

Course Information

  • Course Code: 7835-Y1
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Study mode: Full Time


History will give you a better understanding of the past, why events happened as they did and give you a clearer view of today’s society and events and why the modern world is shaped as it is.

Your study of A-Level History will not just encompass learning facts – you’ll learn to analyse and interpret information and facts and understand why things happened as they did throughout all the critical periods.  

You will develop vital analytical skills through investigation, interpretation and evaluation of evidence as well as and acquiring knowledge and understanding of historical events and issues.

You will study a number of different historical periods, all of which have been chosen to expand and aid your historical understanding but also in line with students’ interest in the subject.

What will I study?

The course is made up of three modules of British and European History. In the first year we study Britain between 1603 and 1649, focussing on the crises that culminated in the Civil War. We also study the rise of Nazism in Germany between 1918 and 1933.

The second year carries on this British theme by analysing the Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell, the Restoration of Charles II and the Glorious Revolution of 1688. The second year also includes the study of Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 40s.

Finally, in the second year there is a personal study project based on an aspect of Russian history, for which you research and write a 4,500 word essay.

Entry Requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs at grade 5 or above, with at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and English Language and a grade 5 in History or other Humanities subject.

How will I be assessed?

A-Level History students will be assessed by written exam and coursework.

What can I do next?

History is one of the most well regarded subjects by top universities and employers. History graduates go into professions such as the law, journalism, the civil service, business and politics. Historians turn up in a variety of places, including celebrities like Al Murray and Sacha Baron Cohen.

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

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Court legal advisers (sometimes known as court clerks) in England and Wales are able to represent the Justices’ Clerk, and advise magistrates and District Judges. If you are a trained solicitor or barrister, and you can explain complex laws and procedures to non-experts, this could be the ideal job for you.

In this job you would need good organisational and research skills. You would need to be objective and non-judgemental. You would also need detailed knowledge of the law.

To get into this job you must have completed the academic stage of training to become a solicitor or barrister. You will need to pass a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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Secondary School Teacher

As a secondary school teacher you will  help to prepare young people for a fulfilling life after school. You will also have plenty of opportunities to develop your career.

To be a secondary school teacher you will need excellent communication skills and the ability to inspire and motivate your pupils to learn. You will also need to work well with people from a wide range of backgrounds, and have patience and a good sense of humour.

There are several way to train as a teacher but before you can start, you will need GCSEs in English and maths or equivalent qualifications. You will also need clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Art Valuer

Art valuers give advice on how much a piece of art or a collection of art is worth. This might be for people who want to sell, buy or insure artworks. As a valuer, you might value paintings, sculptures, jewellery, china, books and furniture.

To be an art valuer, you'll need excellent communication skills. You'll need to have an eye for detail and good research skills. If you have a passion for history and enjoy working with people, this role could be for you.

You can become an art valuer by starting as an assistant and learning through experience and part-time study. You can also complete a degree in a related subject or join a graduate training scheme with a large auction house.?

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Museum Curator

If you are interested in arts and history, and you have organisational skills, this job could be ideal for you.

As a museum curator, you would manage collections of objects of artistic, scientific, historical and general interest.

In this job you would need to be good at making decisions. You would also need to be accurate in your work.

To get into this job you would usually need a degree and a postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject like museum or heritage studies. Paid or unpaid work experience will also be essential.

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Museum Assistant

If you are a responsible person who likes working with people, and you would like to work in cultural heritage, this job could be a perfect match for you.

Museum assistants are responsible for customer care and security in museums and galleries.

In this job you would need good communication and customer service skills. You would also need to be good at keeping your concentration over long periods of time.

To get into this job you don't usually need any particular qualifications, although a good general standard of education, especially in English and maths, will help you. Some museums may ask for at least for GCSEs or even A levels. Experience of serving customers, specialist historical knowledge or voluntary work in a museum can also help you to get in. You may be able to get into this job through an apprenticeship. ??

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As an archivist you would manage and preserve collections of historical records and documents. You would work with collections of all types, from books, photographs and maps to audio, film and digital files. If you love helping people get access to the information they need and have a keen interest in conserving records, then this could be the job for you.

You’ll need good communication and 'people' skills. The ability to pay close attention to detail and organisational skills will help you to store and find archived items easily.

To start in this job, you will need a degree, followed by a postgraduate qualification which is recognised and accredited by the Archives and Records Association (ARA).

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University Plus

For all students looking to progress to university after completing their studies in The Sixth Form, we have introduced a University Plus programme. This includes university interview techniques, the opportunity to take part in an extended project, pre-degree courses in Business, Medicine and Teaching, and an excellent partnership with the UK top 10 Lancaster University, who guarantee interviews for students who meet the entry criteria on their course.

All these options, paired with tutorial activities, could give you an additional 180 UCAS points, giving you the best opportunity to achieve your place at your first choice university and your dream degree.

Academic Study Programme

Our study programme is set to help our students get the most out of their time at Blackburn Sixth Form. Alongside an outstanding education, students will also receive:

  • an A-Level qualification
  • Employability skills
  • Enrichment activities
  • Performance and study skills

Blackburn Sixth Form

Offering our students an academic environment for studying, Blackburn Sixth Form is an excellent location for those looking to excel in their A-Level studies. You have access to:

  • Large Lecture Theatre - built to enable students to get used to university-style learning
  • Common Rooms - a great place for students to enjoy downtime, catch up with friends or hold small revision sessions
  • Industry-standard laboratories - 4 professional laboratories set up for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our laboratories have helped microbiologists, doctors, pharmacists and veterinary surgeons get into their chosen careers
  • Starbucks - attached to the Sixth Form Centre is Courtyard Cafe, one of three Starbucks Cafes on campus that serve the famous coffee, and at 40% cheaper than the high street.

Sixth Form Guarantee

As a Blackburn Sixth Form student, you can expect:

  • Independent thinking - where your own experiences and observations mould your education.
  • Enrichment activities - that enable you to receive a great education, as well as having fun whilst doing so.
  • Support - a vast amount of support from all staff to ensure you get the results you deserve.
  • A learning environment that is academic, friendly and safe.