A Level

Exam Board: A Level History – AQA

Course Summary

The History A Level offers a choice between two distinct pathways, ‘Route A’ or ‘Route B’, which you will select based on your interests. Either pathway leads to the A Level qualification and both encourage you to explore and analyse the past, using historic documents and your own interpretations to form strong arguments and conclusions.

After studying History at Barton Peveril you will be able to engage with prominent historical debates, drawing upon sources, the work of historians and your own knowledge.

Entry Requirements

  • To choose between either the Route A or Route B pathways
  • GCSEs to include a Grade 4 in English
  • Minimum average GCSE score of 4
  • GCSE History is not required, but advantageous


Pathways and Topics


  • The Tudor Monarchy
  • The Rise of the Communists in Russia
  • A Personal Investigation on Civil Rights in the USA or topic of your choice


  • Britain from 1951 to 2007
  • Germany from 1871 to 1991: The Kaiser, the Nazis and the Emergence of Democracy
  • A Personal Investigation on the Tudors or a topic of your choice from pre-1800

Why choose this course?

  • Field trips
  • Chance to specialise in areas of interest
  • Facilitating subject

Where might it lead?

History at A Level often leads to further study to become a Historian, Teacher, Politician, or to working on Heritage Sites or in Marketing.


This course has a mixture of:

  • 80% exam
  • 20% coursework


Alana Collett

"Barton has a range of societies which are very individual and fascinating in their own ways. All societies are welcoming and open to everyone giving you the chance to make friends with people who have the same interests"

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