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Head of Department: Ms Helen McDonnell, The Green School for Girls

Do you enjoy thinking critically? Are you able to argue differing viewpoints knowing that there is not always a right answer? If the answer to these questions is yes, then History is for you.


History lessons aim to encourage you to ask questions and engage in the study of the past in order to think independently and reach your own opinions.

You will develop the ability to critically evaluate evidence in order to structure a supported argument. You will also have the opportunity to complete independent research to write your own investigation, which is excellent preparation for studies at University.

How will it be assessed?

History A-level is a two-year linear course. Exam Board: OCR.

  • British period study and enquiry: England 1485-1559: The Early Tudors (1.5 hr. paper, 25%)
  • Non-British period study: Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany 1919-63 (1 hr., 15%)
  • Thematic study and historical interpretations: Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992 (2 hr. 30 min. paper 40%)
  • Topic based essay: 3000–4000 word essay— Coursework (20% )

Where will it lead?

 Universities and employers recognise the high academic standard of this A-level.

History provides a range of skills valuable in a variety of jobs.

Learning about people – how they interact, the motives and emotions that can tear people apart into rival factions or help them to work together for a common cause (useful knowledge for team-building at work!).

Learning about countries, societies and cultures – so many of today’s conflicts and alliances have their roots in the past; how can you negotiate with, trade successfully with, or report on a country if you know nothing of its history?

Learning to locate and sift facts – to identify truth and recognise myth, propaganda and downright lies (useful in every aspect of life!).

Presenting what you have learned in a way that makes sense to others – and having the confidence to defend your findings.

History can open doors to a whole range of careers but in particular, it suits university research, teaching, museum work, archaeology, journalism and all forms of media, architecture, politics, law, leisure and tourism, personnel, marketing, the police force, social work.

Enrichment opportunities

Enrichment activities offered vary on a yearly basis. Recent trips include: 

  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Kew Public Record Office
  • Six the Musical

Entry requirements

A grade 6 in History GCSE if studied.

You can be successful at A-Level without History GCSE; in this case, you should have a grade 6 in English. Students without GCSE History can be accepted onto the course after discussion.

Recommended reading

  • 'The White Queen' by Philippa Gregory.
  • 'The White Princess' by Philippa Gregory.
  • 'Winter King' by Thomas Penn.
  • 'Wolf Hall' by Hilary Mantel.
  • 'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak.
  • 'In The Garden of the Beast' by Erika Larson.
  • ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee.
  • ‘The Help’ by Katherine Stockett.
  • ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama.
  • ‘Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee’ by Dee Brown.
  • ‘American Wife’ by Curtis Sittenfield.
  • ‘The Group’ by Mary McCarthy.
  • ‘The Colour Purple’ by Alice Walker.