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History A Level at Caroline Chisholm School

Course description

Unit 1 will examine the issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence during the period of 1603 – 1649 in the context of political upheaval of the beginnings of the Stuart period. Unit 2 will look at the political and social situation which led to an end to the absolutist rule of French governance and will assess the events that led to one of the most volatile periods in French history. This year will also see the introduction of preliminary material relating to the coursework unit.
A Level
Units 1 and 2 will continue the themes studied in the first year and will develop the breadth and depth of both topic areas. In the Stuarts this will involve a study of the post‐regicide period, the Interregnum and issues surrounding politics, finance religion and foreign policies. For the France unit this will involve exploring the
impact of Napoleonic rule both on France and across Europe. Unit 3 will encompass an original piece of source investigation and research on the last 200 years of Ireland.


Course content


Unit 1 Absolutism Challenged: Britain, 1603 – 1649

Unit 2 The End of Absolutism and the French Revolution, 1774‐1795
A Level
Unit 1 Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603 ‐1702

Unit 2 France in Revolution, 1774 ‐ 1815
Unit 3 Coursework on Ireland


Entry requirements

GCSE English Language or Literature: Grade 6 is preferable. 
Grade 5 will be considered individually.

Students must have Grade B in History or, where they have not studied History to GCSE, an equivalent subject grade may be acceptable via negotiation with the humanities department.


Teaching will comprise a range of whole class discussion, media/IT input, group debates, power‐points, contextual reading, annotation and extensive research opportunities.

Future opportunities

History is a highly regarded subject and is recognised by Higher and Further Education providers and employers alike as a top rated ‘A’ level. Related careers include law, accountancy, the armed forces, education, the civil service and a range of other opportunities. History is complemented by ‘A’ levels such as Geography, Politics,
English, Law and others.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 February 2017
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