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History A Level at Colston's Girls' School

Course description

Why study History?
The skills of critical analysis, interpretation, and evaluation you will learn at History A Level will be attractive to all universities. When applying for any degree course a background in History will be recognised as an indication of academic rigour and achievement. Degree courses in History are very popular and many students take advantage of the opportunity to continue studying a subject they enjoy or combining it in a multi-discipline degree with politics, languages, economics or in an allied discipline such as archaeology, European Studies or International Relations.

Course content

The course covers two major units a Breath Study and a Depth Study. The Breadth Study looks at the Tudor Period 1485-1603 and examines:
- How effectively did the Tudors restore and develop the powers of the monarchy?
- In what ways and how effectively was England governed during this period?
- How did relations with foreign powers change and how was the succession secured?
- How did English society and economy change and with what effects?
- How far did intellectual and religious ideas change and develop and with what effects?

The Depth Study looks at The American Dream: reality and illusion, 1945–1980. This unit looks at:
- American identity at home and abroad,
- Anti-communism,
- Social equality,
- Ethnic identities
- Federal versus states’ rights.

Entry requirements

6 C grades including English Language and Maths.


A Level: Two 2 ½ hour examinations (80%) and 3500 word essay (20%) AS Level: Two 1 ½ hour examinations.

Future opportunities

History is a facilitating subject that is welcomed by Russell Group universities. It is a particularly good preparation for Law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Colston's Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 19 April 2017
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