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A Level History at Grindon Hall Christian School - GHCS

Course description

Brief Outline

The aims of the Edexcel Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced GCE in History are to encourage students to develop their interest in and enthusiasm for history and an understanding of its intrinsic value and significance. They will acquire an understanding of different identities within society and an appreciation of social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity through the study of aspects of British and non-British history. In addition, students will build on their understanding of the past through experiencing a broad and balanced course of study, and they will improve as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds.  Students will also develop the ability to ask relevant and significant questions about the past and to research them, and also acquire an understanding of the nature of historical study, for example that history is concerned with judgments based on available evidence and that historical judgments may be provisional. They will develop their use and understanding of historical terms, concepts and skills, make links and draw comparisons within and/or across different periods and aspects of the past and will learn to organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways, arguing a case and reaching substantiated judgments.

Course content

Since September 2015, the new A levels in History have been linear qualifications, with all assessment at the end of the course.  A level students will be required to:

  • study the history of more than one country or state.
  • study topics from a chronological range of at least 200 years.
  • study at least 20% British history.
  • Complete a 20% non-examination component to assess independently researched historical enquiry.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements are in line with the School’s admission policy, but at least a grade B in GCSE History is recommended. However, students who have not studied the subject previously may be accepted at the discretion of the Head of Department.  It will be an advantage to have achieved a B grade or above at GCSE in English.


Assessment takes place at the end of the two year course.  You will sit three exams in the summer exam season that add up to 80% of the course and a piece of coursework will make up the final 20% of the course.  

Future opportunities

Higher Education Opportunities and Job prospects

Students with Advanced GCE History have a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. They will learn and use a wide variety of transferable skills during the course; how to evaluate and analyse information, how to weigh up evidence and to communicate complex ideas effectively. These skills are valued and in demand from employers, universities and colleges and are also valuable in their own right. History combines well with most other subjects and its study at A Level provides an excellent foundation for careers in the fields of education, journalism, media, law, civil service, diplomatic service, management, consultancy and business.

Further information

Further Information

You can download the specification for this course and sample assessment material (past exam papers) from


Complementary subjects at A Level

English, Classics, Art and Business.


Mr P.  Hutton

Head of History

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Grindon Hall Christian School - GHCS directly.

Last updated date: 01 February 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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