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History A Level at Beaminster School

Course description

All throughout history there has been rapid, dramatic and dynamic change.  We address many fundamental questions in out studies and offer you the opportunity to study British, European and American history in length, depth and breadth. You will learn to:

  • Explore the significance of events, individuals and societies.
  • Understand the nature and uses of historical evidence.
  • Communicate effectively at a high level.
  • Make responsible judgements on issues of importance and questions of value.

If you are interested in the way people think and act, and the consequences, then you have a head start in this subject.

A Level History is widely regarded by universities and employers as an indicator of intellectual ability.

History is a subject of enquiry and reflection, and we expect students to do both.  Discussion and debate are actively encouraged.  History is a literary subject and you will get the most out of it if you are an enthusiastic reader.


Course content

Year 1(AS and A Level)

Document Studies: Dictatorship and Democracy in Germany 1919-1963

Taught at Colfox, assessed by a 1 hr 30 min written exam.


British History Period Study: The Tudors 1485-1558 Henry VII and Henry VIII and the Mid-Tudor Crisis

Taught at Beaminster, assessed by a 1 hr 30 min written exam.

NB: if an AS is taken at the end of Year 1 some additional, independent work will be required.  This will be discussed at your Sixth Form Interview.


Year 2 (A Level)

Interpretations and Investigations: Russian Revolutions 1894-1924

Assessed by one essay written by students of their own investigation into the Russian Revolution.

Themes in History: Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1995

Assessed by one 2 hour examination (two essays from a choice of three).

Entry requirements

History GCSE Grade B.

Students who have not gained this grade May be considered at the discretion of the Head of 6th Form (but will find it a Challenging task).


All units are assessed by a written exam in the summer session.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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