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History A Level at Campsmount Academy

Course description

The origins of the American Civil War

You are given the opportunity to consider the reason for the outbreak of the American Civil War in the USA 1861. Focussing specifically on developments which led to the increasing tension between the northern and southern states of the union.

The Early Stuarts and the Origins of the English Civil War 1603-42

In addition to the document-based study of the US Civil War, you are given the opportunity to consider the reason for the outbreak of Civil War in England in 1642 and the importance of the Stuarts in this significant event of British history. You will consider the role of James and the Church in the ‘run-up’ to the Civil War following through with the importance of financial issues at the time and the problems that were inherited by King Charles I.


This unit is made up of two 2000 word pieces of coursework and is based on the two skill elements of interpretation and investigation. The first element is based on the examination of a number of historian’s interpretations of the Thatcher era of British Government 1979-90. The second element, investigation, is a 2000 word long piece of individual coursework which is linked back to the interpretation topic.

Historical Themes Module

The topic for this unit is the changing relationship between Great Britain and Ireland from 1798 to 1922, requiring you to analyse events and turning points during this period thematically.

Future opportunities

History is a very useful subject for a variety of occupations that require the skills of thinking, interpretation and analysis. Career choices may include:
- Teaching
- Lawyer
- Barrister
- Research
- Journalism
- Police
- Archivist
- Archaeology

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 June 2015

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