The jump from GCSE to A Level 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, and there’s no reason why you can’t achieve it with the right approach and guidance. You further extend your knowledge, but there is much more emphasis on the use of that knowledge to construct an argument and encourage you to form your own opinions. For this reason, most exam boards at A Level have similar aims and objectives to promote your independent learning and critical thinking. These include improving your skills as an effective and independent learner, and as a critical and reflective thinker, to develop the ability to ask relevant and significant questions about the past and to research them and to acquire an understanding of the nature of historical study, for example that history is concerned with judgements based on available evidence and that historical judgements are provisional.