York College

Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance. Students must have achieved a grade 5 in either History (if studied), English Language, or Religious Studies.


Two years.

What will I study?

History has rightly been described as an ‘argument without end'. It offers no fixed answers but some insight into what it is to be a human being and real training in logical thought, data-handling and the attractive expression of ideas. It is also great fun.

You will study Greek and Roman history, the views of ancient historians and how the ancient world was viewed by them. We will be looking at a period of at least 75 years and the in-depth study will look at social, economic, political, cultural, religious, technological and military factors involved in a particular event or situation.

How will I be assessed?

This course is 100% exam based and will be assessed at the end of the first year for the AS qualification and at the end of the two years for the A2 qualification.


We usually visit Greece or Rome and visit UK locations such as the British Museum or Roman Chester.

Good course combinations

Ancient History can be taken alongside either Modern or Late Medieval and Early Modern History and works well with English. It also makes a stimulating fourth subject alongside any combination.

Preliminary reading

The Classical World by Robin Lane Fox.

What could it lead to?

You should consider studying A Level History if you intend to take a degree in History or a closely related subject such as Politics, or if you intend to follow a course in higher education for which history is a suitable preparation (such as law). Past students have gone into careers in law, teaching and museum curation.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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