A minimum of 2 grade Bs and 4 grade Cs at GCSE including GCSE English Language (grade 4). Students should achieve a grade B in either English Language (grade 5), History or Religious Studies.
What will I study?
History has rightly been described as an ‘argument without end'. It offers no fixed answers but some insight into what it is to be a human being and real training in logical thought, data-handling and the attractive expression of ideas. It is also great fun.
You will study Greek and Roman history, the views of ancient historians and how the ancient world was viewed by them. We will be looking at a period of at least 75 years and the in-depth study will look at social, economic, political, cultural, religious, technological and military factors involved in a particular event or situation.
How will I be assessed?
This course is 100% exam and will be assessed at the end of the first year for the AS qualification and at the end of the two years for the A2 qualification.
Students visit the British Museum in London.
Good course combinations
Ancient History can be taken alongside either Modern or Late Medieval and Early Modern History and works well with Archaeology and Politics. It also makes a stimulating fourth subject alongside any combination.
The Spartans by Paul Cartledge
What could it lead to?
You should consider studying A Level History if you intend to take a degree in History or a closely related subject such as Politics, or if you intend to follow a course in higher education for which history is a suitable preparation (such as Law). Past students have gone into careers in law, teaching and museum curation.