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History A Level at Sherburn High School

Course description

From 2015, we will be following the new EDEXCEL AS and A level in History. In common with all the revised specifications, AS and A levels will be merged. The content is identical for both, although the exam for the full A level will be more demanding.

Course content

Year 12 will involve a ‘Breadth’ study, looking at one country over a period of around 80 years (Paper 1) and then a ‘Depth’ study, looking at the History of another country over a shorter period, but in more detail. The option for the Breadth study we have gone for is ‘Germany, 1918-1989’, with ‘Fascist Italy’ as the Depth study.#

Year 13 introduces a ‘themed’ study, such as ‘The British experience of Warfare, 1790-1918’ (Paper 3). There will finally be a Coursework element, where students complete an independently researched enquiry on historical interpretations, such as ‘To what extent does General Sir Douglas Haig deserve to be known as ‘The Butcher of the Somme’?


Year 12 -2 papers, either for the full AS or 50% of the full A level.

Year 13 – 1 exam paper, plus Coursework for the remaining 50% of the A level.

Future opportunities

The new course covers some of the key areas of Modern History and will be an enjoyable and interesting course in its own right. However, it will also develop useful skills in critical thinking, evaluation, analysis and interpretation. These are skills which are valued in higher education and/or employment and so will help you whatever your future career plans and ambitions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sherburn High School directly.

Last updated date: 10 March 2017
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