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History A Level *Fees Payable* at Birkdale School

Course description

Component 1: The USA from Civil War to Cold War (Examination – 40%)

This unit is a study of aspects of social, cultural, economic, military and political American History from 1865 to 1975.


Component 2: Religious Conflict and the Church in England (Examination – 40%)

This unit is a study of the great changes to the Church and wider society which took place in Tudor England from 1529 to 1975.


Component 3: Non Examined Assessment (Coursework – 20%)

This unit is an essay of 3500 words on Russian History from 1855 to 1953.


Method of Assessment

As well as the coursework there is a 2 ½ hours exam for each component taken at the end of the two year course.


Links to other subjects

This subject can be studied in conjunction with any A Level course and particularly with Government and Politics which has both British and American topics.

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Entry requirements

Academically, it is expected that students entering Birkdale’s Sixth Form will have achieved a minimum of 5 passes (A* to C/ 9 to 5) at GCSE, with at least 4 at grade B/grade 6 or higher; we would expect B/6 or higher GCSE grades in those subjects being studied to A level. A grade 6 is required to study A Level English and Mathematics, although a grade 7 is preferred in Mathematics. Prospective Further Mathematicians should achieve a grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics although a grade 8 is preferred. However, at Birkdale we look beyond the academic and would wish applicants to become fully involved in the life of the school, offering their skills and abilities in one or more of a number of areas (e.g. drama, sport, music, clubs and societies, etc).




Financial information

Please note that Birkdale is a fee-paying independent school. Further information regarding fees can be found on our website

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Links to HE courses and beyond

This subject teaches a range of transferable skills and is highly regarded by universities and employers alike.


Students Views of the Course

Students who study this subject will tell you that it is a very stimulating and rewarding course that teaches you things everybody needs to know


How to apply

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Last updated date: 26 October 2017

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