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History at Edgbaston College  

History is the study of the past. It is an umbrella term that relates to past events as well as the memory, discovery, collection, organisation, presentation, and interpretation of information about these events. 


Unit Modules Weighting Length
Component 1: Breadth Study The study of historical developments over a period of around 100 years 40% 2h 30m

Component 2: Depth Study

Study in depth of a period of major historical change or development 40% 2h
Component 3: Historical Investigation Personal Study on a topic of student's choice (Coursework) 20% 3500 - 4500 words

Good Subject Combinations

In History there are a variety of times studied and a wide skill-set is required to excel in the course. Being an essay-based subject, it is recommended to also study related subjects, such as Languages and English alongside it. However, as analysis and creative thinking are key components of the course, Maths Sciences and Economics would also be a great combination with History.

Future Prospects

Advantageous abilities such as analysis, creative writing and innovation are learned during the A Level History course. Having strong writing and analysis skills is important for any career and will be valuable during university. For instance, you will be able to write eloquent essays and dissertations during your university course, and thus be more likely to outperform your peers who would be less confident in these projects. Furthermore, for future career opportunities these skills are transferrable to most professions. It is common for History students to pursue Law, Politics and even STEM subjects at University.

Frequently Asked Questions


Can History be completed in one year?

Yes. This is typically done when:

  • Students who are retaking their A-Levels
  • Students who wish to complete the course in one intensive year  

Do you offer other exam boards for Retake students?

We try our best to cater for all student needs. Please contact admissions for further information.