Develop and build on skills that have been taught at GCSE.

Improve your knowledge of key events in the past.

Develop the research and analytical skills that are valued by employers and universities.

Gain an insight into the different interpretations of the past and form your own judgements about why events happened as they did.

About the course

Course Introduction

2 Year A- Level Course

Award Body


Course Suitable For

Students who enjoyed History at GCSE and analysing why events in the past happened.

This subject includes writing essays, using evidence and analysing the motives of people in the past, students who enjoy those activities will enjoy History.

Preferable Entry Requirements

Grades  in accordance with the 6th form entry requirements. (See Information & Course Guide) plus GCSE Grade 5 History and English.

Why Study?

History is an interesting subject that allows you to explore the motives and actions of people in the past using a greater range of source material than you will have used before. It is a subject that will give you a great deal of choices in the future because it is flexible and well-regarded by employers and universities.

Progression Opportunities

History is a highly regarded A-Level subject because of the range of skills that it develops. These skills, such as being able to research effectively, structure high-quality arguments and consider the validity of different interpretations are applicable to a wide range of careers and university courses. These skills are particularly relevant to law, teaching, journalism and politics amongst many others, as well as setting students up well for further study.

Why Grace Academy?

By studying History at Grace Academy, you would be choosing to be supported by staff who have a wide range of subject knowledge, have access to a lot of support material and to work with a department that offers opportunities for learning outside the classroom with visits and guest speakers.


The Tudors: England, 1485–1603

Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-1945

Historical Investigation Coursework

Assessment Methods

The Tudors: England, 1485–1603: 2 hour, 30 minute examination

Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-1945: 2 hour, 30 minute examination

Historical Investigation Coursework: 3000-3500 word essay

Support Provided

Our Teaching and Learning Strategy is at the core of our approach to students and their learning. We aim to provide a learning community where students achieve excellence and achievement is celebrated. We want you to enjoy your time at the academy and to be successful.

You will need to monitor your own progress. We want you to become self-critical and to think about how you can improve.

We will expect you to work hard and productively. Being present in the academy for as long as it is necessary for you to meet your targets and succeed in your learning.

Course Application

Contact the Post 16 Manager on 0121 329 4630 or email on juliebaker@graceacademy.org.uk.

Register your interest in your chosen courses and an application form will be sent out to you. All applicants are interviewed and conditional offers are made subject suitability of course.

Please note all courses on offer are subject to the minimum uptake for viability.