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History at Townley Grammar School

Course description

The most important skills that you require are the ability to write a very good essay and to be able to use sources. This means that you can structure your work and understand and extract key points from the sources.


Course content

Year 12

In Lower Sixth we follow the theme ‘Revolutions in early modern Europe’. In Paper 1 we study ‘Britain, 1625 -1701: conflict, revolution and settlement’ exploring the turbulent period of British History which saw the execution of the monarch, a short lived republic and the Glorious Revolution. This paper is the breadth study with a question focused on interpretations and the exam lasts 2 hours 15 minutes.

In Paper 2 we study Russia in revolution 1894-1924, a period which saw the end of Tsarist rule and The Bolshevik revolution. This paper is a depth study, again this will involve both source work and an essay. This will be examined by a paper which lasts 1 hour 30 minutes.

Year 13

In Paper 3 we study the witch craze in Europe and North America. The paper requires you to analyse and evaluate source material, understand the period in depth and also examine change over time. The exam paper lasts 2 hours 15 minutes.

The coursework assignment investigates the controversial issue of popularity and efficiency in the Nazi Dictatorship. You will examine and evaluate the work of three historians in a 3000 - 4000 word essay.

Entry requirements

B in GCSE History

A student must have achieved both of the following:

  • A minimum of 7 full course A* - C grade in GCSEs including English and Maths
  • An average (mean) point score of 45 or above taking only full course GCSEs into consideration

Future opportunities

History works very well with a wide variety of other subjects and teaches a range of skills. Students often study History along with other Humanities subjects, Politics, Economics, English, Modern Languages and many others. The skills are transferrable and History is regarded as a facilitating subject by the top universities. The skills taught therefore prepare students for a wide variety of careers including the Legal Profession, Journalism, Teaching, the Civil Service and Business.

Further information

The most important requirement is your interest in the subject and being prepared to work hard. We want curious people who want to know about the past.

There are a wealth of History or History related courses offered by universities. These are some of the typical requirements:

Cambridge A*A A


Bristol A A A

Royal Holloway A A B-A B B

Kent A B B

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Townley Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 06 October 2016
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