The A level History course at Guiseley School aims to develop students’ understanding of social and political developments from the 1760s through to 1964. Students will cover British as well as wider world history, with the course ranging across three countries and three very different social and political systems. A level history is a fantastic way for students to learn more about the world around them and to engage in the study of fascinating periods of change and development. History also develops excellent critical thinking and communication skills which are applicable well beyond the bounds of historical study.
Unit 1H: Tsarist & Communist Russia 1855-1964 - (40% of A level)

Year 12: The Russia unit begins to explore change and development from the reign of Tsar Alexander II to the Communist Revolution. You will explore the tsarist regime and how it attempted to hold on to power, as well as the rise of Communism.

Year 13: The course continues to explore the development of the Soviet Union under Communism, taking in the leadership of Lenin, Stalin, and Khrushchev. The examination is a single 2h30min exam with two sections.

Unit 2M: Wars and Welfare: Britain in Transition 1906-1957 - (40% of A level)

Year 12: The course looks at the transformation of British society at the turn of the century. It explores the social issues and divisions which were accentuated by the First World War. The impact of the war is analysed and the social, economic and political changes brought by it are explored in depth.

Year 13: The course continues to explore the Great Depression, the impact of the Second World War, the building of the Welfare State and post-war Britain. The examination is a single 2h30min exam with two sections.

Unit 3: “Revolution, Reaction and Reform”: British Politics and Society from George III to the Second Reform Act; 1760—1867 - (Personal study worth 20% of A level)

The first element of this course sees teachers deliver the skills required to complete the personal study. We then provide an overview of knowledge to give students a foundation to plan and create their personal study. The study will investigate British politics and society and the impact of different reactionary and revolutionary ideas, people or events. Critically, students must allow their personal study to cover a 100-year range. The final submission will be a 3500-word essay based on a selected question. The unit asks you to plan, research, write and refine your study. This is one of the best preparations for university study or further training.
A varied style is used, including source work, independent research, debate, lecture, role-play, map-work, reading time, web-based research and presentation.
The skills required of the historian are crucial in so many careers, employers and universities alike are always looking for people who can analyse, argue and explain. History is about problem-solving, evaluating and interpreting. But it is so much more than a route to success. It teaches us about why we are who we are. It teaches us tolerance and understanding; it is our window on the future and our link to our past. In the words of Voltaire 'History is everything, and everything is History.' As such literally all careers are open to historians. Key jobs routes taken by historians include Lawyers, Doctors, Entrepreneurs, Politicians, Journalists, Teachers, Civil Servants, Bankers, Librarians, Judges, Museum Curators, Playwrights, Architects, fact almost all professions value history in some way.