History is a popular subject at Withernsea High School following on from student enjoyment and success at GCSE. The A Level is taught by two History specialists.

At A-Level, the course looks to really strengthen and develop history skills ready for university. This includes being able to analyse sources, research and debate key historical issues and develop interpretations of history.


What will I learn?

Students studying A Level history follow the exciting new EDEXCEL course.

Papers 1 and 2: Searching for rights and freedoms in the Twentieth Century

Students will study America across the century; learning about the dramatic political, economic and social transformation of the USA in the twentieth century, an era that saw the USA challenged by political, economic and social inequalities at home and of its involvement in international conflict. Did America really live up to The American Dream?

Students will then look in depth at the issues of South Africa during its transition from white minority rule to the free elections of 1994, engaging with the dramatic process in which South Africa changed from an apartheid state into a multi-racial democracy. 

Paper 3: British experiences of warfare from 1790 to 1918

For Paper 3 students will consider British Experiences of warfare from 1790 to 1918.  They will explore the British experience of war in different aspects of major overseas conflicts and the changing relationship between the state and the people as the government attempted to create an effective fighting machine and prepare the people for war. How did this affect the relationships between government and people?


For the coursework, students will be using historians to enter in to a popular historical debate about Neville Chamberlain and the effectiveness of appeasing Hitler and Nazi Germany. Could Hitler have been stopped sooner if the British had acted? Or would this have been a disaster for the allies in the war which ensued.


Next step: University and careers

History is key for many universities courses and careers because of the skills you acquire. Careers often include teaching, medicine, politics, journalism, museum work, television, law, civil service, the police force, intelligence services, and, of course, professional historians.