St Davids College


History - A Level

Exam Body


Head of Department

History isn’t a subject that is stuck in the past. Far from it!

Historical events have shaped who we are today, and this is true across the world. Did you know that Magna Carta, a document signed in 1215, is the basis of the US constitution?

The A level History course is designed to help pupils understand the value and significance of world events in the past. In the process, they will gain a deeper understanding of social, cultural, religious, and ethnic diversity. Knowing how people lived in the past helps us to understand why people act like they do today.

Skills that history pupils develop:

  • The ability to analyse.
  • The ability to make informed criticisms.
  • Independent research skills.
  • Organisation.
  • The ability to listen and work with others.
  • To develop your own opinion.

This is a two-year A level course with all examinations being taken in year 13.


A-Level Course Content

  • Unit 1: Breadth Study - The Tudors 1485-1603 - 2hours 30min written examination (40%).
  • Unit 2: Depth Study - The Birth of the USA

1760-1801 – 2hours 30min (40%).

  • Unit 3: Topic-based essay. This is a 3000-4000

word essay on a historical topic of the pupil’s choice. This unit is pupil-led research and the topic they will study will be discussed with the teachers (20%).

Mathew Roberts

Head of Department

Matthew Roberts

Head of Humanities