Entry Requirement: GCSE History Grade 6

Why choose History at A level?


How is  A level History viewed by universities?

How does A level History affect my life chances?

What do we study in History?



  • The Age of the Crusades, c.1071-1149
  • The Making of Modern Britain, 1951-1979
  • The Age of the Crusades, c.1149-1204
  • The Making  of Modern Britain, 1979-2007

What exam board do we use?     AQA (www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/history/as-and-a-level)

How will A-level History be assessed?   A-level History is a combination of exams and coursework:

The Age of the Crusades, c1071-1204

The Making of Modern Britain, 1951-2007

  • 2 hour 30 minute written exam
  • 40% of final grade
  • 2 hour 30 minute written exam
  • 40% of final grade

Historical Enquiry or coursework (non-examined unit).

Approximately 4000 words     20% of A-level grade.

Interested in finding out more? 

Subject content. To understand what you would study in A level History at the J6th it would be a great idea to read the AQA subject content descriptions.  Click here for Modern Britain and click here for The Crusades.

Example exam papers. An AQA Crusades paper from June 2018 (note the compulsory question in Section A as well as the choice of questions in Section B) and an example of an Y12 internal assessment (the type of question we would prepare for and write in class or set as homework).

Example response. A paragraph written in response to the attached Y12 example question. The paragraph was used as part of a feedback task and is a great example of a high level answer. 

Example feedback. A couple of examples of feedback. The first one is in response to the attached Y12 example question whilst the second is from Y13.

Example homework task and revision resource. Lastly, some examples to explain how we try to help you learn the detailed level of subject knowledge needed in A level History. The first is a knowledge test - the type of quiz we would do fairly frequently to revise key facts. These tests are low stakes but emphasise the importance of precise knowledge. The second attachment is a screenshot of how we use Google Classroom (you might be familiar with this but you might not...) - basically a platform to set tasks and share resources. The last attachment is a mapping sheet - the type of worksheet we could give you to help with revision. The mapping sheets break down the course into more manageable parts by presenting the subject content as questions or statements you can text yourself against. If you cannot answer a particular question or section you know you need to revise it. 

If you have any further questions regarding A-level History at Beverley J6 please get in touch:

Miss Brownell - Head of History, BHS s.brownell@beverleyhigh.net 

Mr Jackson - Head of History, BGS p.jackson@beverleygrammar.co.uk