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Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form



 A Level

Exam Board

 Pearson Edexcel 

Entry Requirements

  • As a minimum you should have a GCSE in History
  • You should have achieved a minimum of Grade 6 or above in either GCSE History or GCSE English

Course Overview

Students will study four main topics across the two years. This includes a variety of British and international history.

Year 12 (AS Level)

  • Britain, 1625-1701: conflict, revolution and settlement. (30%)
  • Either: France in revolution, 1774-99; or Russia in revolution, 1894-1924. (20%)

Year 13 (A Level)

  • Either Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII, 1399-1509; or Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485-1603; or the witch craze in Britain, Europe and North America. (30%)
  • Coursework: Topic TBD

Assessment Methods

The History A Level with Pearson Edexcel is a two-year course. Students will sit external examinations at the end of the second year.

  • Paper 1: Breadth study (30%)
  • Paper 2: Depth study (20%)
  • Paper 3: Themes in breadth with aspects of depth study (30%)
  • Coursework (20%)

QE6 Extras / Co-Curriculum Opportunities

In History at QE6 we offer a range of co-curricular opportunities including: guest lectures from history academics; history related trips; access to further reading lists; opportunity and support entering national essay writing competitions.


History A Level is a great academic subject for your application to university and for any future careers and offers transferable skills. History A Level shows universities and employers your ability to communicate complex ideas, analyse information and make evidence-based judgements. It also presents your power to independently research and prepare a balanced essay.

History opens up a number of possible degrees such as History, Law, English and Philosophy. It also opens up interesting careers like teaching, politics, law, journalism and the civil service.