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History A level

History is an engaging and crucial subject. Without knowledge of where we have been we can't understand where we are or where we are going. The subject is indeed rewarding and challenging and prepares students for their future in a number of ways.

A level history is not just learning about the past it is learning about how you want to shape the future.

Studying history at Teesdale Sixth Form is an exciting and rewarding experience. Teaching and learning is led by a talented and experienced team of teachers. Students benefit from seminar style lessons that are excellent preparation for higher education. The history department has close links with local universities and is led by a research active historian. 

There are numerous opportunities to develop your own research project and benefit from the expertise and contacts within the department.

For all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice.

President Obama

Curriculum outline
  • The Early Stuarts and the English Revolution 1603-1660
  • America 1803-1890, Westward Expansion and the American Civil War
  • A 4,000 word individual investigation
  • Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992

Assessment

Exam worth 75% 

Coursework 25%

Entry requirements

B grade in History at GCSE (or if GCSE history was not studied a B in English literature.)

History is a subject that I really enjoy because the teachers are so passionate about what they are delivering.
Evie Ridgway, Year 12

Potential career paths and further study

History is a highly respected academic subject and an A level can lead to university study or any number of occupations that require professional qualifications. Students often go on to study law or politics after completing an A level in history.

Governance information
I love studying A level history as it allows me to understand where we came from and how we have learned and developed as a result of historic events.
Lucy Blackburn year 12

Coming soon in A level history...

March 13 2017 sees the inaugural history lecture series event at Teesdale School. Sixth form students play a key role in helping to organise this event. This year’s key speakers are Professor Richard Rex of Cambridge University and Dr Simon Henderson Head of Subject at Teesdale School. In the future there will be the opportunity for A level students to present their own papers at the conference.

Cambridge University
Of all our studies, history is best qualified to reward our research.
Malcolm X