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History A Level at The Misbourne School

Course description

History provides a unique and fascinating insight into human nature, into how and why people have behaved as they have in the past.

An understanding of the past is fundamental to understanding the present. The analysis and interpretation of history, of the activities of people in the past, helps us evaluate today’s society.

By demanding that we see the world through the eyes of others and by ensuring that we confront the record not only of human achievement but also of human failure, cruelty and barbarity, the study of history provides us with an elaborate framework for understanding the human condition and for grappling with moral questions.


Course content

History is a course which is comprised of different units focusing on different stages of history, and as a result is taught by specialists in different fields. Over the course, you will study a number of different time periods, which affected the development of Britain, Europe and the World.

  1. Russia 1894- 1941. [Essay based]. 
  2. British history enquiries and essays: The Early Tudors looks at the reign of Henry VII and the early reign of Henry VIII. This focuses on the ways in which Henry VII strengthened the government and the foreign policy of Henry VIII among other things. The Mid-Tudor Crisis [A document studies unit where learners are presented with 4 or 5 sources in the exam]. The focus is on key political, economic and social issues of the period, particularly the differences in religion, gender and age of the rulers at this time.
  3. Historical themes: Civil rights in the USA 1865 – 1992. Focusing on the campaign for equal rights in the USA from the American Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement of 1960s and beyond. Looking at African Americans, Native Americans, Women and American workers.

The AS is delivered by two specialist teachers, one for Russia and one for the British element of the course. The units will be taught in parallel.. At A2 by two teachers, one for the coursework and one for Civil Rights, with the exam taking place in the summer.

Entry requirements

History (B), English Language or English Literature (5).

Five A* - C GCSE grades or equivalent, including GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 as long as the subject entry requirements above do not state the need for a higher grade..

In exceptional circumstances, students with GCSE English Language or GCSE Mathematics grade 3 may be considered.

Students below grade 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics will undertake the statutory retake programme, attending lessons throughout Sixth Form until they achieve at least a grade 4


Controlled Assessment

Historical interpretations and investigations: Internally assessed and externally moderated coursework. Learners will produce one 4000 word essays discussing historian’s Interpretations of key issues.

Financial information

Students in The Misbourne Sixth Form who experience financial constraints or barriers can apply to access additional funding to support their academic journey through their Key Stage 5 studies.

Students who meet the eligibility criteria can access this additional funding to assist with the cost of transport, essential course equipment, meals in school, educational visits, uniform or other school resources, the cost of attending university or career interviews, financial support towards childcare costs or exam re-sit fees.

A Bursary Fund Committee meets three times a year to consider applications and award bursaries.

Future opportunities

History is a rigorously academic subject that is well regarded by universities and employers alike. It gives a strong foundation for study at degree level, particularly in the arts, humanities and law. Career opportunities exist in archaeology, education, government, journalism and business, as well as in media and the law.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 February 2017
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