A Level

Exam Board: OCR

2 years


Course Content:

When we hear of a major event in the news we are seeing history in the making. What has happened in the past greatly affects all aspects of our lives in the present, and will indeed affect what happens in the future. Historians enquire into the events of the past and attempt to produce an interpretation and reconstruction of it. We will be concerned with investigating why events happened and their significance, and try to understand the nature of historical evidence by examining documents and materials from the time. We will examine how historians have interpreted events and consider why they often disagree.

Unit 1: Britain 1931-1997

Unit 2: Russia and its rulers 1894 - 1941

Unit 3: Tudor Foreign Policy, 1485 – 1603

Unit 4: independent Historical Enquiry


20% Coursework 80% exams

3 exam papers

Studying at Alton College:

Lesson activities are wide ranging and include debates and discussions on matters of historical significance to role play activities and the development of independent study.

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. 

A grade 5 in English is recommended. 

Course costs:

Essential: Purchase of essential textbooks, £40 across the 2 years

History works well with:


What our students say

"I love History A level because it has opened my eyes to how to see modern day occurences and given me an appreciation for the world we live in today."

Anna White, previously at Bohunt School

"I love History because there are so many misconceptions about the past and trying to find out the truth is fascinating to me. Also, it's a lot funnier than it is often given credit for - after all, people have always been people."

Alexandra Judkins, previously at Amery Hill School