Be a part of the thriving, lively and successful department and learn about events that have shaped the world you live in and the people and circumstances that shaped these events.

A Level History is a fascinating and challenging subject. You will be looking at massive changes and analysing why they happened. It is not just an account of the past but an investigation of why things happened the way they did. If you have an enquiring mind and enjoy argument this is the subject for you.

Where does an A level History course lead?

This is a very versatile subject. Of course, you can, and we hope you will, progress to a History or a History related degree (for example Politics, Archaeology or American Studies). Such a degree can lead to career opportunities that are broader than you may think; for example, law, television, research, politics, journalism, publishing, business and management – the list is endless!

However, for many students, their final career may not be directly related to their degree (this goes for most subjects) and what will matter is the quality of your degree and the fact that History is a highly valued and respected subject because of the skills it develops.

Regardless of your future career, an interest in History demonstrates to a future employer that you are open-minded, can make decisions based on evidence, and are interested in the world around you. You will also develop transferable skills such as analysis, evaluation, organisation and presentation of information orally and in written form.

Course Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 5 in History or Humanities (if studied) and GCSE grade 5 in English Language.

History Course Leaflet

Exam board course specification

History News

Washington D.C. Trip 2019

History trip to Berlin

History and Politics students head to Washington DC

What Our Students Say

What makes Carmel special is the drive and determination from students and staff to help you achieve your goals. Carmel’s History Department goes beyond the course specification to ensure that you gain an in-depth understanding of past events. During the two years, you will develop analytical skills and be encouraged to think like a historian by constantly questioning the validity of the history itself.

Caitlin Corrigan

Caitlin Corrigan - A level History student