Department Leader: Dan Prudden

A Level History is a writing based subject, requiring skills of analysis, evaluation, and interpretation.

Students will learn through rigorous practising of essay and source analysis skills.


Exam Board: Edexcel

Course information:






Britain, 1625–1701: conflict, revolution and settlement 30% of total qualification


Civil Rights and race relations in the USA, 1850-2009

30% of total qualification


Russia in revolution, 1894–1924

20% of total qualification


Coursework on the Early Tudors

20% of total qualification


Unit 1 – Written examination: 2hour and 15 minutes. Two essay questions and an interpretation question.

Unit 2 – Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes. One essay question and a source question.

Unit 3 – Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes. Two essay questions and a source question.

Unit 4 – Coursework: One extended 3000-4000 word essay about interpretations of History.


A Level History is assessed through three assessment objectives:

  • AO1:  Demonstrate, organise and communicate knowledge and understanding to analyse and evaluate the key features related to the periods studied, making substantiated judgements and exploring concepts, as relevant, of cause, consequence, change, continuity, similarity, difference and significance (55%)
  • AO2: Analyse and evaluate appropriate source material, primary and/or contemporary to the period, within its historical context (20%)
  • AO3: Analyse and evaluate, in relation to the historical context, different ways in which aspects of the past have been interpreted (25%)

Minimum Requirements

Grade 5 in English and/ or a 5 grade in History GCSE.


Students will be set 6-8 hours of homework per week. This includes pre-reading and review tasks, planning and writing exam questions.

Lessons include knowledge retrieval questions to assess prior learning. Students will complete regular written exam-style questions during the academic year where they will be given teacher feedback on how to improve. Termly folder checks will be conducted to check students are keeping up with their studies.


For further information/clarification about this course please contact Mr D. Prudden

Recommended resources:

Unit 1 & 2:

  • Edexcel AS/A Level History, Paper 1&2: Revolutions in early modern and modern Europe ISBN-13: 978-1447985327

Unit 1:

  • My Revision Notes: Edexcel AS/A-level History: Britain, 1625-1701: Conflict, revolution and settlement  ISBN-13: 978-1471876554

Unit 2:

  • My Revision Notes: Edexcel AS/A-level History: Russia in revolution, 1894-1924 ISBN-13: 978-1471876585

Unit 3:

  • Edexcel A Level History, Paper 3: Civil rights and race relations in the USA, 1850-2009 ISBN-13: 978-1447985358
  • My Revision Notes: Edexcel A-level History: Civil Rights and Race Relations in the USA 1850-2009 ISBN-13: 978-1510418080

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