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History AS/A-Level at Cranford Community College

Course description

The current course design aims to challenge all students of history with an experience which we know will prepare them more than adequately for the next possible step into degree-level education. Our curriculum is deliberately broad in time periods and themes to stretch and challenge pupils subject knowledge and skills. We have chosen to teach and study a variety of medieval and modern topics with foci on significant British, European and world historical events. Students should gain an excellent understanding of a wide range of history over time and how it is still relevant today.

Course content

In the summer term of Year 12, pupils make a day trip to the 1066 battlefield at Hastings and the coastline where William, Duke of Normandy landed at Pevensey and subsequently changed the course of British history. In Year 13 pupils will attend lectures on their examination topics in central London by some of the leading university tutors and authors in those fields.

We rigorously track pupil progress using the Humanities Faculty data sheets and pupils receive regular exam practice throughout the year as well as additional projects and reading to improve their knowledge and understanding of the course. We support smarter revision for students through the use of our department website which contains additional research links, information and checklists for each exam topic studied. Pupils also receive regular folder checks to make sure their classwork is completed in detail and remains well organised for easier revision.

History students will be able to think critically about historical sources and compare and contrast their interpretations of the past; analyse and communicate ideas and arguments effectively; and develop excellent literacy and essay writing skills. By the end of the course they will have become fully independent and self-motivated learners ready to take on the challenge of a degree-level course or enter into the world of work.

Entry requirements

Normally C in History (if taken) and a C in English.


Unit 1 (25%): Anglo-Saxon England and Norman Conquest, 1035-1107 Exam - 1 hour 30 minutes

Unit 2 (15%): Russia, 1894-1941 Exam - 1 hour

Unit 3 (40%): Civil Rights in the USA, 1865-1964 Exam - 2 hours 30 minutes

Unit 4 (20%): The Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1900-present Coursework - 3000-4000 word essay

Future opportunities

A-Level History is a useful and often necessary subject to seek certification in for certain careers that use the skills listed above, for example: journalists, lawyers, solicitors, accountants, researchers, archivists, teachers, police officers and other public servants, business managers, doctors, nurses and politicians.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years