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History A-Level at St John Payne Catholic School

Course description

AS Examination

Unit Y137: England 1547-1603: the Later Tudors

Enquiry Topic: Mid Tudor Crisis 1547-1558

  • The stability of the monarchy
  • Religious changes
  • Rebellion and unrest

British Period Study: Elizabethan England

Unit Y213: The French Revolution and the rule of Napoleon 1774-1815

  • The causes of the French Revolution from 1774 and the events of 1789
  • The Revolution form October 1789 to the Directory 1795 
  • Napoleon Bonaparte to 1807 
  • The decline and fall of Napoleon 1807-1815 

Advanced Level Course

As well as Unit 1 and 2 from the AS course students will also study Units 3 and 4.

Unit Y319: Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992

  • African Americans
  • Trade Union and Labour Rights
  • Native American Indians
  • Women
  • Depth Study

Unit 4 The History A Unit Y100

Topic based essay is an independently researched essay of 3000-4000 words in length. This unit is a non-exam assessment

Entry requirements

Please note the minimum requirement to study AS levels at our Sixth Form is a GCSE points score of 42 points from your best 8 GCSE results. We award 8 points for an A* grade, 7 points for a grade A, 6 points for a grade B, 5 points for a grade C, 4 points for a grade D, 3 points for a grade E, 2 points for a grade F and 1 point for a grade G.

Subject Specific

English B



Unit groups 1-3 are assessed entirely through written examinations that are externally marked. Students will be asked to communicate their knowledge and understanding of history in a clear and effective manner. Students considering History as an ‘A’ Level subject are reminded of the need for good English and will be required to have at least a C grade in English and a B grade in GCSE History.

Future opportunities

Relating courses at University or future employment: History, Law, Economics, English and Politics

Possible career choices linking to this subject include: Journalism, Law and Business

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Payne Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2015

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