History A Level

The History A Level syllabus focus is on historical change. The two written papers taken at the end of the two year course will be 'England 1547-1603' and 'France in Revolution, 1774-1815'. In addition, a piece of coursework is undertaken in the second year of the course.


History develops important transferrable skills such as critical analysis and writing skills which are highly valued by universities and employers. Successful students in history are inquisitive, read extensively, and excel at arguing.


Course Content

Unit 1 covers British History under the Tudors allowing students to study breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and conflict from 1485-1603.

The following key questions will be explored:

  • How effectively did the Tudors restore and develop the powers of the monarchy?
  • In what ways and how effectively was England governed during this period?
  • How did relations with foreign powers change and how was the succession secured?
  • How did English society and economy change and with what effects?
  • How far did intellectual and religious ideas change and develop and with what effects?
  • How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?


Unit 2 covers in depth study of France in revolution. This option is a key period of history which was to change the relationship between ruler and the governed, not only in France but throughout Europe and, in time, the wider world. A story of France in revolution embraces concepts such as absolutism, enlightenment, constitutionalism, democracy, republic and dictatorship. It also encourages consideration of issues such as the relationship between rulers and the ruled, the place of the church in state, the power of the people and promotes reflection on what makes and perpetrates revolution.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5.0 points for your average GCSE score, Mathematics and English Language and at least three other GCSEs from our specified range of GCSE subjects at grades A*-C / 9-5 and a satisfactory reference.

International Entry Requirements

IELTS 5.5, High School Certificate Grade C / 5 or above (or equivalent).

Duration and Delivery

The A Level qualification is a full time course achieved over a two year period. The year begins in September and runs through to the beginning of July.


History is a well respected A Level. A good grade shows universities that you have honed your analytical skills and it will broaden your opportunities in Higher Education.

Additional Information

You will need to have your own copies of key textbooks. The exam board is AQA. The Specification is GCE History, 7O45CH. For more information please contact our Admissions Team on  020 8268 3073 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


History A Level is taught at Kingston College so is ideal for those based in South West London and Surrey.


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