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History A Level at Shenley Brook End School

Course description

The A level History course has been designed to help students understand the value of significance of world events in the past and to gain a deeper understanding of social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity in the process.  Knowing how people lived in the past helps students to understand why people act like they do today. 

The A level course builds naturally on the skills that students developed thr
oughout their GCSE in History, and so it is a good choice for a student who both enjoyed and achieved well at this level.

History is traditionally a subject taken alongside geography, English or a foreign language but it can be complementary to maths or science, giving a broad educational base.  A level History gives students knowledge and skills which will prepare them for higher education and which are also useful in any career. 

Entry requirements

Students need to have at least a grade C in History and English at GCSE and a C+ grade in English is recommended.  Students will be expected to read widely and use the library and other sources to research the topics they are studying, as well as to be able to produce extended pieces of writing.  Students should be aware that coursework is a compulsory element of the A level course and a considerable amount of independent research will be required by students in order to complete the 3,500 word essay that the specification demands.


Component 1: Written examination – 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of the A level marks)
Component 2: Written examination – 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of the A level marks)
Component 3: Coursework – 3,000 – 3,500 word essay (20% of the A level marks)

Future opportunities

Students who specialise in History can go on to become historical researchers, work in heritage organisations or become teachers. History also supports other career paths, like journalism, politics, law, social work and public services.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shenley Brook End School directly.

Last updated date: 09 August 2016
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