Faculty : Humanities                                                                          

Level: A-Level

Examination Board/website: AQA (www.aqa.org.uk)

Course outline:

The brand new A-Level History course comprises three units of study, which are:

  • Unit 1: Breadth Study: The British Empire, 1857-1967
  • Unit 2: Depth Study: The Cold War, 1945-1991
  • Unit 3: Historical Investigation (Coursework): Slavery in the USA 1770-1870


Unit 1 offers a fascinating opportunity to learn about a key period in Britain’s history because the British Empire has shaped the cultural diversity we find in British society today. We study the empire from a variety of perspectives making it a relevant and holistic topic that evaluates the causes and consequences of the British Empire for both the former colonies and Britain.

Unit 2 takes an in-depth look at how ideological differences impacted upon every continent in the world after the Second World War. Many historians are beginning to argue that the Cold War has recently re-started and by studying this topic you will understand modern day relations between Russia and the West, as well as proxy conflicts such as the Syrian Civil War.

Unit 3 is a piece of coursework based on how the issue of slavery shaped the USA during its formative phase.

Assessment Details: 


80% written examination, 20% coursework

Units 1 and 2 are worth 40% each, Unit 3 is worth 20% 

Skills/Aptitudes required being successful in this course:

Students will be required to be fully committed, which needs to be demonstrated through regular attendance, extensive reading, completion of homework, etc.  The ability to read, comprehend and critically examine information is essential. Students will be expected to work independently, as well as in groups in order to analyse and evaluate historical developments and historical sources. An interest in discussion and debating is desirable. 

Complementary subjects:

History complements a wide variety of subjects ranging from social sciences to the natural sciences, creative arts, and languages. These include Government & Politics, Psychology, Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Art, Language and Law. 

Pathways – Career and /or further study possibilities, using this subject:

Students who study History can consider pursuing courses that lead to the following professions in particular:

  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Social Work
  • Education
  • Government/ Civil Service
  • Business/Finance

For further information, please contact: Mr Hines (Head of History & Politics and HLP) Hinesp@hendonschool.co.uk

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