History (all periods)

A level History is about analysis, not just describing what happened. What factors caused a particular event, and what evidence is there to support a particular historical interpretation? Over the two years students gain a good understanding of the historical process.

A level students will be required to study topics from a chronological range of at least 200 years and a strong focus on British history.

The A level also contains a historical investigation that is independently researched and that investigates specific historical questions, problems or issues.

  • Course Outline
      • Students must study the history of more than one country
      • One of the examined components must be British History
      • Students study topics from a chronological range of at least 200 years

      Students take one of two routes, each of which involves three components. Students choose either Option A or Option B at the beginning of the two year A level.

      Option A

      • The Age of the Crusades, c1071–1204
      • Religious Conflict and the Church in England, c1529–c1570
      • The Witch-hunts of Early Modern Europe, c1450-1650

      Option B

      • Tsarist and Communist Russia, c1855–1964
      • The Making of Modern Britain, c1951 – 2007
      • The Causes of the French Revolution c1685-1789
  • Career opportunities and further study
    • History is a widely valued A-level, and the skills of analytical and critical thinking and writing which it develops provide a fantastic grounding for all sorts of university courses in the humanities and social sciences.

      Many Aquinas students go on to read History at prestigious ‘Russell Group’ universities, or opt for studies in related subjects such as Politics, Archaeology, Economics or Philosophy. History is also a very good grounding for Law, and many students convert to a legal career through postgraduate study.

  • Trips and Events
    • Aquinas historians pay annual visits to Pendle in Lancashire, the site of England’s most notorious witch-craze, and the most important Tudor sites in London, the Tower and Hampton Court.

      For more information about the London trip please see the Trips and Travel page

Entry Requirements 2020

You can download provisional entry requirements for courses that start in 2020 below. Please note that your enrolment on to a particular course must be approved by the Head of that department.

What our students say

A brilliant course, if you enjoy history and are willing to work hard

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