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History A Level at The Billericay School

Course description

History is a popular A level option choice, being recognised for the skills it develops and the interest it contains for students wishing to broaden their horizons and prepare themselves for degree level study.

Course content

Unit 1 - The Tudors: England 1485-1603
Students will study how Henry VII restored the authority of the monarchy after
the Wars of the Roses, progressing to focus on Henry VIII, examining his decision to
set up the Church of England and the impact that had on the country.
Students will then look at how Henry’s children – Edward VI, Mary and Elizabeth – ruled the country in their own right.

Unit 2 – The USA 1945-80: Reality and illusion
This depth study will look at the domestic and foreign policy of all American Presidents from Truman to Carter. Key topics will include the battle for civil rights, American involvement in the Cold War, the Vietnam War and socio-economic change
in America during this period.

Unit 3 – Historical Enquiry: Russia 1855-1964
This coursework must be independently researched and written by the student. It will need to show an understanding of the nature of historical study and how different historians have interpreted the past. Students draw on both primary and secondary
evidence to write their answer of around 3500 words.

Entry requirements

B grade in History or Grade 5 in English language or Literature if you have not studied History before.


This course is one of the new linear A levels.

All examinations will take place at the end of the course.

The AS qualification is completely separate.

Future opportunities

History is widely accepted as one of the most reputable and rigorous of all the academic
disciplines. It provides an excellent basis for any career where clarity of thought, sound judgments and reasoning are required. The civil service, law, journalism, television and museums are just a few careers where history would be an advantage.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 January 2017
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