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History A Level at West Kirby Grammar School

Course description

WHY CHOOSE HISTORY? This course complements the concepts, knowledge and skills of GCSE History but no prior knowledge of the periods studied is expected.  Advanced Subsidiary Level and Advanced Level History helps students to develop an ability to select relevant information, analyse problems and present well reasoned and well supported written and oral arguments.

Course content

CONTENT - Advanced Level

Module 3: 30% of total A level marks

The State and the People: Continuity and Change

A Period of European/International History - The Cold War 1945 - 2004

Module 4: 20% of total A level marks

Historical Enquiry - A piece of coursework based on an analysis of an historical issue showing change over 100 years. Emancipation of women.

Entry requirements

Advanced Level

  • In order to progress onto Advanced Level courses you must achieve at least a D grade at AS Level in three subjects (excluding General Studies)
  • See entry conditions for AS Levels



Module 3: 1 written paper of 1 hour 30 minutes. Two essay questions from a choice of three

Module 4: An extended essay completed under the supervision of the teacher which is assessed by the department and moderated by AQA.

Future opportunities


History is a valuable qualification. The training in logical analysis, relevant selection and presentation of convincing, well-supported arguments is appropriate and useful in many careers. In recent years A level Historians have entered the following careers: Archaeology, Archivist, Broadcasting, Economist, Publishing, Law and the Diplomatic Service. In recent years History has been chosen as an Advanced Level subject by some students going on to study Medicine.

Further information


GCSE History is useful but not essential and, if achieved, at least a B grade is required. Students have been very successful at Advanced Level History without having any previous qualification in History. It is more important to have a keen interest and curiosity about History and a willingness to work hard and follow advice.

Students should be willing to read widely, write/add to their own notes, use information to produce analytical, well argued essays and to study a variety of sources both primary and secondary. Students are expected to show initiative and to take responsibility for furthering their studies in class and at home.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Kirby Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 school year