The jump from GCSE to A Level History is probably bigger than that from A Level to university study. If you can make it, you’re well set up for study at bachelor level and beyond. There’s no reason why you can’t achieve it with the right approach and guidance.
At A Level and its International version, you extend your knowledge, but there is much more emphasis on the use of that knowledge to construct an argument. You learn to express your own opinions. For this reason, most History exam boards at A Level have similar aims and objectives. They aim to promote independent learning and critical thinking.
As a critical and reflective thinker, you develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past and to research them. You acquire an understanding of the nature of historical study. For example you learn that history is concerned with judgements based on available evidence and that historical judgements are provisional. This is true for both A Level History and the IAL History courses.
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