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A Level History at JCoSS

Course description

The past is a fascinating world which holds the key to understanding the present. This course covers international aspects of History as well as early modern British History, and requires students to be historians rather than ‘history students’. As such they must be highly analytical, critical consumers of evidence, prepared to ask questions, argue and debate to arrive at their own judgements. Unsurprisingly, history graduates are well-equipped for jobs in politics, law and the media and, beyond this, ready and educated to be well informed members of society

Course content

Component 1: Breadth Study: The Tudors 1485-1603

The Breadth Study requires the study of an extended period and enables students to develop secure understanding of the process of change over time. Students will consider key social, economic, political and religious changes in England from Henry VII to Elizabeth I, to assess the extent of continuity and change in this dramatic period of England’s history. Students will study the development and modernisation of the monarchy, English foreign policy and the course of religious changes during the English reformation. Underpinning this is the study of the role of key individuals and groups and how they were affected by these developments.

Component 2: Depth Study: International Relations and Global Conflict 1890-1941

The Depth Study is focused on a significant period of historical change or development. Students will gain a deep understanding of change and continuity through the study of the interrelationships of a variety of historical perspectives. They will develop detailed knowledge and understanding of key developments and the roles of individuals, groups, ideas and ideology within a narrow chronological framework. Students will focus on international politics surrounding the First and Second World Wars. Students will assess, in depth, the events and individuals leading to global conflict and the failure of international diplomacy, including the League of Nations, the rise of European fascism and the policy of Appeasement.

Component 3: Historical Investigation

Students will be required to submit a 3,500 word Historical Investigation based on a development or issue which has been subject to different historical interpretations. Students may study a specific issue in depth over a short period of time, or a broader theme and/or development over a longer period. Through undertaking the Historical Investigation, students will develop an enhanced understanding of the nature and purpose of history as a discipline and how historians work. They will broaden their study of the past whilst having the opportunity to study a specific issue in great depth.

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto the course students need at least a B grade at GCSE in English. History GCSE is desirable but not essential. The course demands good essay writing skills and a willingness to contribute to discussion. You will be set independent learning tasks every week and will also be expected to carry out a large amount of self-study.


Component 1: 2 hour 30 minute exam (40% of A-Level)

Component 2: 2 hour 30 minute exam (40% of A-Level)

Component 3: 3500 word coursework essay (20% of A-Level)

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 April 2015
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