Cheslyn Hay Academy, Saredon Road, Cheslyn Hay, WS6 7JQ
Part of Windsor Academy Trust
history a level at aspire sixth form

History A Level

Curriculum Intent

To increase students’ cultural capital through a stimulating curriculum igniting a passion and thirst for learning. We aim to generate curiosity of the past in which our learners become critical and reflective thinkers, who can employ their learned skills in historical enquiry. Our department aims to develop students who can interpret the way the past has been explained and construct their own interpretations, developing independent thinking. Our history curriculum helps students comprehend the diversity of human experience in Britain and the wider world throughout different ages, and aids understanding of how history has shaped the world we live in today.

Why should I study History?

George Orwell said “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history. ”This is why you should study history for it defines who we are as a people, it teaches us to question and refine that received inheritance and it equips us with the ability to understand our ever more complex world.

Studying history is integral to a good understanding of what it is to be human. Why do we go to war? Why do we order society in the way we do? Why do we believe the things we do?

What skills will I gain?

A study of History gives greater awareness of causes and consequences of significant past events, leading to an ability to make reasoned judgments and decisions. Students will demonstrate high levels of communication, literacy, problem solving and independent research. These skills help students to become good citizens and to be better prepared for the challenges of adult life.

What career paths is History suitable for?

Due to the wide range of skills that History students can demonstrate, they often make fine employees in any type of work environment. However, History particularly lends itself to careers which involve dealing with people, Management, Commerce, Finance, Law, Politics, Teaching and Media. In addition History is also recognised as a valuable qualification for entry into a wide range of Higher Education courses.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above; including English and/or maths.
  • National data suggests successful students will have achieved an average points score of 5.55 or more.