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History A Level at St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School and Byron College

Course description

History at AS and A level involves an in-depth study of aspects of British, European and World History during the 19th and 20th Centuries. As such it has a broad and fascinating appeal and provides a sound basis for an understanding of the world in which we live.

Course content


Unit 1
50% of AS - 1 hour 30 minutes
Or 25% of A Level - 1 hour 30 minutes
Unit Y107: England 1547 – 1603: The Later Tudors

Unit 2
50% of AS – 1 hour 30 minutes
Or 15% of A Level – 1 hour
Unit Y221: Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919-1963


Unit 3
40% of A Level – 1 hour 30 minutes
Unit Y319: Civil Rights in the USA – 1865-1992

Unit 4
Coursework: Personal study – 20% of A Level
Russia History 1855-1964 from Tsars to Dictators

Entry requirements

Students who wish to study History must have acquired a minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent at A* - C, including Maths and English Language. Achievement of a B grade or above in one of the Humanities subjects would be preferable. Most students who opt for this subject have already studied History at GCSE but it is not essential to have done so. Indeed many students who have not studied History before have been very successful at A Level. A love of reading and the ability to carry out independent research is essential.


Unit groups 1-3 are assessed entirely through written examinations that are externally marked. All examinations take place at the end of the course (one year for AS Level and two years for A Level), available every June. Unit group 4 is assessed internally, then moderated externally and submitted before the examinations begin, in May.

Students entered on an AS Level course have an additional question set included in Unit group 2 to ensure that a full range of Assessment Objectives are met.

Future opportunities

History lessons are taught in a number of ways including the use of Power Points, structured notes, debates, thinking skills activities, group and paired presentations. As well as directed learning, students are also expected to read and make their own notes from a variety of texts.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School and Byron College directly.

Last updated date: 02 March 2017

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