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History A Level at Norwich School

Course description

At this level we particularly seek to encourage students to develop their capacity for critical analysis and to consider political, economic, social and cultural aspects of the past. History demands of those who study it a willingness to read widely, to train in the rigorous and critical assessment of evidence and interpretations, and to develop a sympathetic and imaginative approach to the wide range of recurrent human problems.

Course content

We currently offer two courses and pupils may express a preference as to which one they do. Both courses include an element of Early Modern British History and 20th Century European History:

Power, Ideology and Conflict

Early Modern British Breadth Study:

·         The Tudors, 1485-1603

Modern Non-British Depth Study:

·         Italy and Fascism, 1900-1945

Revolution and Tyranny

Early Modern British Breadth Study:

·         Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603-1702

Modern Non-British Depth Study:

·         Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917-1953

In addition, pupils complete an extended essay for their coursework. This has to be focused on an issue covering 100 years and all pupils can choose between the following two topics:

·         The development of African-American rights in the USA (c.1860-c.1970)

·         Witchcraft in Early Modern England (c.1600-c.1700)


Written work is focused on short structured answers, document analysis and essays which mirror the methods of assessment to be faced. Examination will be at the end of the Upper Sixth.

Future opportunities

History is seen by the Russell Group of leading universities as a ‘facilitating subject’: it keeps options open and the skills that it develops can lead to a very wide variety of degree courses.

Many Norwich pupils choose to study History at undergraduate level and, in recent years, the department has helped many pupils to go on to study the subject at Oxford, Cambridge and other leading Russell Group universities.

Any historian has acquired a range of skills attractive to employers: the ability to work independently; to evaluate and synthesise large amounts of information; to discriminate and to present arguments clearly and persuasively, both verbally and on paper.  Historians have one of the highest employment rates amongst graduates. They are well sought after by employers and have no difficulty in getting good jobs in a wide range of occupations – in journalism, broadcasting and the arts, politics and the law, education and research, the diplomatic and civil services, public administration, business and finance and a wide range of other careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Norwich School directly.

Last updated date: 27 February 2017

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