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History A Level at Samuel Whitbread Academy

Course description

The study of History develops students’ powers of analysis and their ability to organise material and write clearly and logically. It is concerned with real people and society, as well as the interpretations of evidence and the skills of rational argument. It is a popular choice in the sixth form.

Course content

Key Features

Three examinations and one coursework question.

• Unit 1 - Britain transformed, 1918-1997. A study in breadth, in which students will learn about the extent to which Britain was transformed politically, socially and culturally in the years 1918-1979. Also students will study what impact Thatcher’s government had on Britain 1979-1997.

• Unit 2 - The USA, c1920-55: boom, bust and recovery. A study in depth of economic and social change in the USA from the post-war boom of the 1920s, through depression, recovery and war, to the transformation of many aspects of US society in the years immediately after 1945 – source- based paper.

• Unit 3 - The witch craze in Britain, Europe and North America c1580-1750. A study of the witch craze that took hold in the late sixteenth century.

• Unit 4 - Coursework. A question on debates on the Holocaust.

Entry requirements

• APS 4.5

• Grade 5 in GCSE History

• Grade 5 in GCSE Language or Literature (discussion with department if grade 4s are achieved)


• 100% external examination

Future opportunities

A level History is a springboard to a wide range of degrees and careers, such as banking, insurance, the civil service, management and journalism. It is recognised as a qualification for entry to most degree courses, and is especially desirable for a career in law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Samuel Whitbread Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2017
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