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History *FEES PAYABLE* at Clifton College

Course description

The new History A-Level, starting in September 2015, will be a linear two-year course. An AS level qualification will still be available, but it will stand as a qualification in its own right and will not contribute to the A-Level grade. Material assessed in the AS exam will constitute roughly half of the two-year course, though questions will be less demanding than at A-Level.

History suits those who enjoy reading, writing and discussion. It appeals to pupils who are curious about the past, who want to know how the past has affected the present and how it may influence the future.

The study of History at A-level develops your ability to:

  • Research, analyse and evaluate information
  • Write clear, logical and fluent answers to specific questions
  • Understand why societies, institutions and attitudes have developed as they are today
  • Express ideas and opinions articulately in discussion
  • Undertake a piece of independent research

History is widely recognised as a heavyweight A-level subject by universities and is consistently one of the most popular courses on offer. History provides students with transferable skills that are essential to numerous careers.

It is not essential to have studied History at GCSE in order to take up A-level and the course does not depend upon historical knowledge gained earlier in the school. However, students new to the subject will quickly need to acquire skills of source analysis and essay writing.

Course content

We have yet to confirm which topics we will chose for the new A-Level, though they are likely to reflect existing specialisms within the department and the extent of existing resources.


We are planning to follow the course specified by AQA. Pupils will be assessed in two examined units: a ‘Breadth Study’ of approximately 100 years and a ‘Depth Study’ of approximately 50 years. Both of these units involve analysis of historical sources as well as answering essay questions. In addition pupils will be required to produce an independently researched historical enquiry (coursework essay) over the two years of study. Together, these three components must cover a chronological range of at least 200 years and be at least 20% British history

Financial information


Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.

Further information

The History department consists of five full-time and part-time members of staff. Resources are plentiful, with pupils’ textbooks supplemented by copies of additional relevant material within History classrooms. There are excellent restocked History sections within the Percival library, where pupils also have access to a number of historical magazines as well as on-line historical databases and periodicals.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Clifton College directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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    • ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.