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History (Modern) – A Level


Level 3



Type of study

School Leavers




2 Years

The History (Modern) A level will allow you to explore the major political and cultural changes in the 20th century America through consideration of the changing political landscape, the development of the civil rights movement, and important changes to society. Your understanding of race relations will be expanded through the study of Apartheid in the 20th Century South Africa. You will learn about the rise of Nationalist government, and the radicalisation of resistance. In the breadth study you will consider the British Experience of Warfare and how, between 1790 and 1918, strategies and tactics and weapons have developed by studying key conflicts such as the Napoleonic wars and World War 1. 

Five GCSEs at grade 9–4, with a minimum grade 4 in English language


You will cover the following topics:

In search of the American Dream: the USA 1917-1996 

South Africa, 1948-1994: from apartheid state to ‘rainbow nation’ 

The British experience of warfare 1790-1918 


Through ongoing class based assessment through regular essay writing. Exams at the end of Year 1 to progress to Year 2 and final A level Exams in the end of your second year.   


The History (Modern) class gives you desirable transferable skills which will benefit you in a variety of degree options, and could lead to careers in teaching, journalism, research, archaeology or the heritage industry as well as law and the civil service. Your ability to analyse information will make you a good candidate for MI5 and MI6 

You will go on a number of field trips and excursions including: The Imperial War Museum and a Trip to Washington DC 


You will be taught in our Andover Sixth building and will have access to many different facilities, including: 2 study centres, a Library, A canteen and the Careers Hub.