A-Level Edexcel 8HI01/9HI01
A Level History is a challenging but interesting course which builds on the skills that have been developed at GCSE . To study the GCE in History you need an interest in the world around you, an enquiring mind and the ability to weigh up
different evidence or arguments. For AS you study Russian History from 1881- 1953, focusing on Tsarist Russia, the Russian Revolution and Stalin’s Russia. The second unit on the Experience of Warfare in Britain 1854-1929 focuses on the
Crimean, Boer and First World War and the impact of these in Britain. For A2 you complete a Historical Enquiry on Ireland based on a period of at least 100 years (coursework). You will also complete a unit on German history from 1900-1945,
within this you will gain a firm understanding of key issues, problems and debates associated with this period.
Year 12 – AS History
Unit 1 – Historical Themes in Breadth, Option D: Russia in Revolution, 1881-1924: From Autocracy to Dictatorship and Stalin’s Russia, 1924-1953.
Unit 2 – British History Depth Studies, Option C: The Experience of Warfare in Britain: Crimea, Boer and the First World War, 1854-1929.
Year 13 – A2 History
Unit 3 – Depth Studies and Associated Historical Controversies, Option D: From Kaiser to Fuhrer: Germany 1900-45.
Unit 4 – Historical Enquiry, Coursework CW16: Ireland and the Union, 1815-1922.
Further Study and Career Opportunities
You can progress to higher education courses such as honours degrees in History, or to degrees in related subjects such as American Studies, International Relations, Politics, English Literature, Economics or Geography; or to vocational qualifications such as the BTEC Higher National Certificate/Diploma in Media (Journalism) or in Travel and Tourism. A-Level History will give you a number of skills relevant to many types of employment, such as the ability to seek information and to analyse it in order to identify facts and motives and to present information clearly for others to understand. The skills you will obtain through studying history will be useful in a number of careers, either directly related to history such as working in museums, galleries, heritage sites, record offices, archives and teaching, or in areas such as journalism, libraries, national and local government and the civil service.