History (2040)

A-level History provides a broad, coherent and satisfying course of study for students.

The specification requires student to study:

  • the history of more than one country or state or the history of more than one period
  • aspects of the past in breadth, through period(s) or theme(s), and in-depth
  • significant individuals, societies, events, developments and issues within a broad historical context
  • developments affecting different groups within the societies studied
  • a range of appropriate historical perspectives, for example: aesthetic; cultural; economic; ethnic; political; religious; scientific; social or technological. 

 AS assessment is by two written examinations. A2 assessment is a combination of a written examination and a piece of coursework which is internally marked and externally moderated.

A-level consultations have been launched. Find out what this means for your subject on our Changes to A-levels page.


Removing italics from History question papers from the June 2014 exams onwards - find out more.

Specification

The last January exams for AS and A2 were in January 2013.
The exams are now only in June due to Changes to A-levels.

Codes and references

Qualification type AS and A-level
Specification title History
Specification code 2040
Certification code 1041 AS
2041 A2
QAN codes 50025387
50025399

Updates to History (2040)

When there are changes to the specification, updates appear here.