Accessibility links

History Linear A Level at Westcliff High School for Girls

Course description

Success in A Level History requires enthusiasm, intellectual ability and hard work. You are expected to think for yourself in class discussion as well as on paper. If you enjoy finding out about how the 20th Century society evolved in three very different countries, you will find this subject interesting and rewarding. History at A Level is essentially analytical. You will have to write essays which require reading about, making notes on, thinking about and making sense of historical problems. You will also learn how to read historical documents and practise interpreting them. You should emerge from A Level History with a greater understanding of human behaviour and of how our society has been shaped by the past.

Course content

AS Key Learning: At AS there are two papers Themes and Interpretations which deals with a period of Russian history from 1917-1991 (Lenin to Yeltsin) and a Study in Depth paper which deals with the historical period of Mao from 1949 to 1976.

A2 Key Learning: The A2 is made up of two further papers. Paper 3 returns to British history (1780 to 1939) and deals with aspects in breadth with aspects in depth, we look at either: poverty and public health or protest, agitation and parliamentary reform. Paper 4 then introduces independent study (the subject of which is to be confirmed under the new specification).

Entry requirements

Grade B GCSE in History


Assessment: 2 papers: Paper 1 - 2h15m exam incorporating 2x 20 mark essays and 1 x 20 mark sources questions and Paper 2 1h 30m exam incorporating 1 x 20 mark sources questions and 1 x 20 mark essay.

Assessment: Paper 3: 2h15m written paper incorporating 1 x 20 mark sources question, 1 x 20 mark depth essay question and 1 x 20 mark breadth essay; Paper 4: Coursework 3000- 4000 words

Future opportunities

A Level History a very good preparation for a wide variety of careers, from business and administration to law, journalism, and teaching. Many Westcliff students have gone on to study History at university, either on its own or in combination with another subject.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Westcliff High School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 09 June 2015

Key information