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History A Level 3 at Borden Grammar School

Course description


You will learn to:

  • acquire and effectively communicate knowledge and understanding of selected periods of history
  • develop an understanding of historical terms and concepts
  • explore the significance of events, individuals, issues and societies in history
  • understand the nature of historical evidence and the methods used by historians in analysis and evaluation
  • develop an understanding of how the past has been interpreted and represented
  • develop an understanding of the nature of historical study
  • develop your interest in and enthusiasm for history.

Course content

COURSE DETAILS - The course builds upon some of the work started at GCSE. There is no coursework at in Year 12; coursework is however a key component at Year 13 encompassing 20% of the award.

Component 1: Britain 1930-1997 – Period & Enquiry Study

This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and

Consequence. Students will consider the roles of key individuals in shaping Britain’s domestic and international past in the twentieth century.

Component 2: Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919–1963 – Depth Study

This option provides for the study in depth of a period of German history in which democracy gave way to dictatorial rule and consequently returned to a divided yet democratic state.

Component 3: Britain and Ireland 1791-1921 – Thematic Study with Historical Interpretations

This option allows students to explore the relationship that existed between Britain and Ireland in one of the most turbulent periods of its history; students will be able to study different interpretations of the period and how the relationship evolved.

Component 3: Historical Investigation

The topic based essay is an independently researched essay of 3000–4000 words in length. This unit is a non-exam assessment

Entry requirements

ADMISSIONS - It is advantageous to have studied GCSE History but not a pre-requisite. It is more important that you have a genuine interest in History and a willingness to read a range of material critically. Independent learning and an appreciation for the value of learning are also a requirement. Students who wish to question, analyse and learn about the past and how it has affected our future should also take this course.


ASSESSMENT - Students are assessed using a range of methods. These include project work, PowerPoint presentations, tutorials, essays, source work and independent research.

Future opportunities

CAREERS – History is an excellent academic qualification to possess. By its very nature, the subject is about enquiry and analysis of information. Any career which requires the analysis of information will be open to someone with these critical skills; examples are careers in law, business, marketing, and management. Even if you are aiming to be a scientist, all scientists have to communicate effectively. Their projects are not isolated but carried out in a context that relates to the whole of society. History as a qualification is highly thought of by universities because at the heart of it is the ability to communicate fluently and with clarity, using knowledge and understanding.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years