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History A Level at Cirencester College

Course description

Our course offers a range of pathways that aim to give students the choice to study one of several key themes that have helped to shape history both in Britain and on the world stage.

Course content

Either: “Conquest, control and resistance”

(Paper 1) The Crusades, c1095-1204

 (Paper 2) Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Kingdom, c1053-1106

 (Paper 3) Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485-1603


Or:       “Revolution and reform”

(Paper 1) Britain, 1625-1701: conflict, revolution and settlement

 (Paper 2) Russia in revolution, 1894-1924

 (Paper 3) Protest, agitation and parliamentary reform, c1780-1928


Or:       “Dictatorship and democracy”

(Paper 1) Germany and West Germany, 1918-89

(Paper 2) The rise and fall of fascism in Italy, c1911-46

(Paper 3) Protest, agitation and parliamentary reform, c1780-1928


Coursework for each route is a student choice derived from the 3 examined topics or a discrete short course on the USA in the 20th Century for the early modern and modern routes.


Year One:

 Paper 1: One Exam (20% of grade): 2 hours 15 minutes: three questions: two essays on ‘breadth’ and one essay evaluating historical interpretations.

 Paper 2: One exam (20% of grade): 1 hour 30 minutes: two questions: one essay on ‘depth’ and one source evaluation question.


Year Two:

 Paper 3: One exam (30% of grade): 2 hours 15 minutes: three questions: one essay on ‘breadth’; one essay on ‘depth’; one essay evaluating sources.

 Coursework: an independent study (20% of grade): 3, 000-4, 000 words.

Future opportunities

History is one of the most commonly provided and popular course at University. History A Level gives students the relevant skills and experience of research, referencing and essay writing that is invaluable for study at higher education, both directly for a History degree but also for many others. History is also a university course which can be combined with another subject (traditionally in the arts/humanities area) to create a Joint Honours courses, these include:

  • Politics
  • Archaeology
  • History of Art
  • Philosophy
  • Theology
  • Languages

After University, graduates with History degrees have countless career routes available to them such as journalism, politics, banking, law and further study and research.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 January 2017
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