Is History worth taking as an A level?

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I really enjoy History at the moment and am thinking of taking it for A level. I was just wondering how people find it? Is it interesting? Hard? Worth 2 years of studying? I would be really grateful for the advice.

Posted Sat 17th March, 2012 @ 22:41 by Jessica

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My advice would be to look at the topics you'll be studying at AS and A2 and see if they're something you think you'll enjoy. Im doing my AS level history and we do tudor+russia, completely different to what i did, and enjoyed at GCSE. To be honest it's a massive jump up at a level, i got consistent a's and A*'s at GCSE and now im just on a B. So make sure your willing to work, but if you enjoy it, this will be easy :)

Answered Sat 17th March, 2012 @ 23:00 by Poppy
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History is one of the most highly regarded subjects and it goes with basically anything. If you enjoy it, you should seriously consider it :)

Answered Mon 2nd April, 2012 @ 13:53 by Phoebe
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It depends what you want to do in the future, but yeah employers LOVE history so i'd definetely do it!! I'm considering to pick it as well and i dont think it'll be hard as long as you put the effort in :) Good luck -)

Answered Sat 17th March, 2012 @ 22:58 by melissa
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Im currently taking History as an A level. Im in my first year and i love it! Its so exciting to learn about and if you enjoy it, You should take it. Its a wonderful subject and you need to work hard! :D

Answered Wed 4th April, 2012 @ 01:15 by Jabeen
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SAVE YOURSELF WHILE YOU STILL CAN. DON'T DO IT UNLESS YOU GET A B OR ABOVE AT GCSE. I CAN BE VERY BENEFICIAL TO YOU IF YOU ARE DOING SUBJECTS SUCH AS ENGLISH BUT IT CAN BE ALSO BE STRESSFUL LIKE YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE. ONLY DO IT IF YOU ARE GENUINELY INTERESTED IN THE SUBJECT. IT GOES REALLY WELL WITH ENGLISH, RS, SOCIOLOGY, PSYCHOLOGY, ETC ETC

SORRY FOR ALL CAPS, I WANTED TO BE INTENSE.

Answered Tue 8th May, 2012 @ 11:03 by misshapenskies
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I am currently in my second year of studying History at a level. Although at times it has been stressful and slightly depressing, I would definately recommend the subject. It combines well with any sibject and also can be a great life saver if you dont know what you want to do at university and enjoy the subject. Universities are more likely to take you seriously if you are taking one of the 'traditonal' subjects. But do research the course before you commit to it.

Hope this helped.

Answered Wed 16th May, 2012 @ 12:15 by Hermione Granger
Edited by Hermione Granger on Wed 16th May, 2012 @ 12:16
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yes! and in my course, the second year involves a coursework project on any individual topic/period I choose. I love it, and universities and employers love it. It shows you can do pretty much everything - analyse, evaluate, compare, argue effectively, learn and apply relevant knowledge, research, structure a good essay... basically everything anyone could want. :D

Answered Wed 2nd May, 2012 @ 19:54 by Bethan
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I'm in AS year and I love History, I didn't even do it at GCSE but I'm averaging at A's and B's. I'd say to look at the topics and if you think you'd find them interesting and you're willing to put the hard work in, then go for it because I'm sure you'll really benefit from it :) good luck! X

Answered Thu 3rd May, 2012 @ 17:39 by Hayley Newcombe
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Is anyone taking OCR history a level and doing any of the  following topics: conservatives and liberal 184-1895, the french revolution 1786-1799, hitler and the nazi state, britain & ireland 1798- 1922 who could tell me what it's like and if it's enjoyable? As that is what I will be taking if I take history a level next year!

Answered Fri 18th May, 2012 @ 21:57 by furuba fan
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I definitely say go for it it if you really enjoy it or know you are willing to put in a huge amount of work for the background and reading around the subject as well as what you just do in class.

History in itself is a fantastic subject to have for many different pathways after a levels. It's a highly regarded subject, and the fact it is an essay subject is fantastic for or other essay related courses and shows research skills.

Answered Sat 19th May, 2012 @ 15:50 by sammiecaine
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And I totally wish we looked at the Tudors for AS history! I'm just finishing year 12 having studies two units on Russia and another on Female Suffrage. Both are interesting topics in their own ways, and the other topics on the Edexcel exam board also look fairly interesting.

Just make sure you're prepared not only for the workload expected in history for a sound background knowledge, but also the massive jump from GCSE to A level overall. It can be a bit of a shock :P

Answered Sat 19th May, 2012 @ 15:53 by sammiecaine