What does the course involve?

History gives you the opportunity to sit in judgement on the past. Therefore at A-level we want students who critically engage with complex issues; discussing, debating and analysing some of the most fascinating periods of modern world history. Our history course at Lady Lumley’s will allow students to develop expertise as historians, as well as acquiring knowledge and understanding of some of the most exciting world events to have occurred in the last century. You will be encouraged to ask questions about important issues that go beyond the parameters of the course. Lessons will be creative and active, engaging students through a variety of teaching strategies. Outside of class there will also be a comprehensive programme of research, writing and debate, using traditional means alongside electronic internet forums to complement students’ work.


Unit One: British History Period Study and Enquiry

England 1485- 1558 – The Early Tudors


Unit Two: Non British History

Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany 1919-1995


Unit Three: Thematic Study and Historical Interpretation

Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992


Unit Four: Independent Investigation


What qualifications do I need?

The course builds on, but does not depend on, the knowledge, understanding and skills gained in GCSE History. It is recommended that students have communication and literacy skills equivalent to GCSE grade ‘4’ in English.




Unit One

Period study and Enquiry

50 marks

25 % of the total A level

1 hour 30 minutes

Unit Two

Period study

30 marks

15% of the total A level

1 hour paper

Unit Three

Thematic study and Historical Investigation

80 marks

40% of the total A level

2 hours 30 minutes

Unit Four

Independent Investigation

40 marks

20 % of the total A level

3000-4000 words essay


Future Prospects

History is widely recognised as a tough and rigorous A-level, and the skills it develops in research and communication are prized- both in further education and the wider world. Developing the disciplines involved in the study of History will equip students well for a massively wide range of career choices such as journalism, law and politics. However, an interest in the past and the skills required to study will stand students in good stead in nearly all walks of life.

Videos from the Department

Meet Mrs Thompson, Head of History, who will ask some of her current Y13 students about the History course, what topics are covered, what a typical lesson looks like and how the History course can lead into future opportunities