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History at The Arnewood School

Course description

The syllabus followed and outlined below is Edexcel. The units represent a diverse selection of history.

History develops a range of skills and concepts as well as a better understanding of the world we live in.

Course content

  • Unit 1 – British period study and enquiry England 1485-1558 : The Early Tudors (Enquiry topic: Mid-Tudor crisis 1547-1558)
  • Unit 2 – Non-British period study The Cold War in Asia 1945 - 1993
  • Unit 3 – Thematic study and historical interpretations Civil Rights in the USA 1865 - 1992
  • Unit 4 – Topic based essay Coursework

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above is preferred, and an interview with a member of the history Department. The ability to produce extended pieces of writing is an absolute necessity.


  • Unit 1 1hour 30 minute exam taken at end of second year (end of first for AS). Weighting 25%
  • Unit 2 1 hour exam taken at end of second year (end of first for AS). Weighting 15%
  • Unit 3 2 hour 30 minute exam taken at end of second year. Weighting 40%
  • Unit 4 Coursework 3000-4000 word essay. Weighting 20%

Future opportunities

There is a wide range of career opportunities open to students, including accountancy, archaeology, The Civil Service, teaching, business, The legal profession, policeman, The Armed Services, and journalism.

History is regarded is a facilitating subject at University and is highly regarded by Universities and employers alike.

Further information

At the start of both the AS and A2 parts of the course students are given booklets and textbooks written specifically for this syllabus, and the library is well resourced with relevant books and periodicals.

There will also be the opportunity to attend trips to historic sites both in the UK and abroad. In addition, students are encouraged to read around each topic to further their historical understanding.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 March 2016

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