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History A Level at Poole High School

Course description

Studying A-Level History will develop your understanding of the diverse experiences and ideas, beliefs and attitudes of people in past societies and how these have shaped the world. You will gain an understanding of the significance of events, people and developments in their historical context and in the present day. You will develop your ability to describe and analyse the relationships between the characteristic features of periods and societies. 

Course content

•       The Tudors England 1485-1603

•       The American Dream: Reality and Illusion 1945-1980

•       A topic of your own choosing 


Which students do well at A-Level History?


•       …those who are well-organised with good independent study habits.

•       …those whose are able to produce extended writing which communicates ideas effectively, uses a range of historical terms, and demonstrates a high standard of spelling, punctuation and grammar. 

•       …those who have the ability to read primary historical texts, understand their meaning, think critically about their provenance, and use these to assess the validity of an interpretation.

•       …those who can memorise detailed information, and use this to assess a hypotheses. 

•       …those who can think deeply about causes, consequences, continuity and change. 

Entry requirements

  • C in GCSE English
  • 5 A*-C GCSEs 
  • (GCSE History – Grade C – If taken) 


•       For AS Level there are two exams, each worth 50% of the overall grade

•       For A Level there are two exams, which in total are worth 80% of the overall grade and a piece of coursework work 20% of the overall grade. 

Financial information

Text books, tuition and course materials are provided free, however contributions are requested from parents for trips and visits that may support learning in school. Some students will be eligible for the 16-19 Bursary Fund, which is a government-provided fund for sixth form students facing financial hardship. It can help towards costs for travel, equipment (for example in PE or Food Technology), trips and books.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Poole High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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