Course Information

Course Description

The History course for A Levels focuses on modern history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It builds upon the skills acquired in Cambridge IGCSE and focuses on in-depth subject content, independent thinking, and the application of knowledge and understanding to various contexts. The course emphasizes the development of critical thinking, research skills, and effective communication in English.

Course Objectives

The objectives of this course are to cultivate students' interest in the past and foster an appreciation for human endeavours. It aims to develop a greater knowledge and understanding of historical periods or themes, promote awareness of historical concepts such as cause and consequence, change and continuity, similarity and difference, significance and interpretations, and explore diverse historical sources and methodologies. The course also aims to nurture independent thinking, informed judgement, empathy for people from different times and places, and lay a strong foundation for further study in History.

Course Outline

The course covers the following topics:

  • The origins of the First World War
  • The Holocaust
  • The origins and development of the Cold War
  • European history in the interwar years
  • The USA
  • International history


Student Acquisitions

By completing this course, students will:

  • Develop a deep understanding of the selected historical topics
  • Analyse and evaluate historical evidence effectively
  • Think critically and present well-structured arguments
  • Demonstrate an awareness of different historical interpretations
  • Apply historical concepts such as cause and consequence, change and continuity, and similarity and difference
  • Engage in independent research and make informed judgements on historical issues
  • Cultivate empathy and a global perspective by exploring diverse historical contexts


Learning Methodologies

The course employs a range of learning methodologies to facilitate students' historical understanding and skills development. These include:

  • Extensive reading of primary and secondary sources
  • Analysis and interpretation of historical evidence
  • Classroom discussions and debates on historical topics
  • Research projects and independent study
  • Essay writing to enhance critical thinking and effective communication in English