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Luton Sixth Form

History (A Level)

Why study History?

'Even if you go back a hundred years to the end of the 19th century, society was so different, values were so different, people were so different that it takes an enormous effort of the imagination to understand them and by, as it were, visiting and understanding societies removed from us in time, I think we can learn more about what it is to be human, the human condition, the possibilities of human behaviour.' Professor Richard J. Evans in 2000

Entry Requirements

In addition to our general entry requirements, you must have:

  • GCSE English – grade 4 GCSE History is helpful, although not required.

The Course

Students will focus upon British, American and Russian history, ranging from the seventeenth century to the present day.

Career and Progression Opportunities

History is highly regarded by the best universities. The most popular undergraduate courses for our departing A Level History students include law, economics, history, international relations, politics and English.

Course Structure and Assessment

This is a two-year course, with examinations taken in June at the end of the second year.

Module title and content Assessment

Paper 1:
Britain, 1625-1701: conflict, revolution and settlement


Paper 2: Russia in revolution, 1894-1924


Paper 3:
Civil rights and race relations in the USA, 1850-2009


Coursework topic:
Origins of the Cold War


Additional Information

Recommended private study time: 4.5 hours per week
Examination board: Pearson Edexcel
Specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/history-2015.html



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