A Levels

A Level History (AQA)

A-Level History will give you the skills to look deeper into historical events and people. You will develop skills that will enable you to look at the cause and impact of events, examine continuity and change in society and consider the significance of individuals in History. You will also develop skills in evaluating historical evidence and critically examining historians' views. The course will allow you to develop a greater interest in the past.


  • Course code:


  • Subject area:

    A Levels

  • Type:

    Full / Part Time

  • Duration:

    31 weeks

  • Venue:

    St Albans Campus

  • Start dates:


  • Fees*:


  • Awarding body:

    Assessment & Qualifications Alliance

About the course

By studying A Levels at Oaklands, you will enjoy a programme of learning designed to match your individual interests and ambitions.

You can choose from a wide range of subjects to meet your interests and career aims. You will be taught be a team of highly qualified lecturers that possess a wide range of knowledge and experience to help you to develop in your chosen subject(s).

Important information

What are the Course Requirements?

You will need to have at least 6 GCSEs at Grade C or above including English and a grade B in History or English if you have not taken History at GCSE. You will also need to have research skills, analytical skills as well as essay writing skills.

You must have an interest in History; you need to be an avid reader and be prepared to read extensively in your own time. You need to be prepared to work and research independently to gain breadth and depth of the topics covered in class. You will also need to be prepared to do a lot of writing in class as well as at home.

At AS you will be studying Russian History from 1855 to 1917 from the reign of Alexander II during the Crimean War to the Bolshevik revolution. The course will consider the extent to which attempts to reform Russia socially and economically were successful and how and why opposition groups developed. The impact of the First World War and explanations for the two revolutions of 1917 will be examined. You will also be studying The Making of Modern Britain from 1951 to 1979. Learners will consider social, economic and cultural change over the period. The extent to which Britain remains a global power will be considered especially as regards relations with USA and Europe. The nature of the post-war consensus and the reasons for the rise of Margaret Thatcher will be examined.

There will be two separate exams in May, each of 1 hour and 30 mins.


  • 16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.
  • For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.
  • Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.


A Levels can lead you onto many different career paths, including university to further develop your skills in your chosen subject(s).

'Oaklands has been very different from school, it has set me up for college, the tutors have been excellent, the environment brilliant and I have walked away today with an A*, 98% overall and got into my first choice university to study Physics.' - George Milleret, Intensive Maths A Level

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