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History A Level at St Edward's Church of England School & Sixth Form College

Course description

You will study:
- The significance of events, individuals, issues and societies in history
- how and why societies have changed over time. The theories of historians and the language they use to discuss their ideas
- the nature of historical evidence and the methods used by historians to analyse and evaluate it
- how the past has been interpreted and represented
- your own historical ideas confidently and effectively.

Course content

Unit 1 - In search of the American Dream: the USA, c1917–96
1 The changing political environment, 1917–80
2 The quest for civil rights, 1917–80
3 Society and culture in change, 1917–80
4 The changing quality of life, 1917–80
5 What impact did the Reagan presidency (1981–89) have on the USA in the years 1981–96?

Unit 2 - South Africa, 1948–94: from apartheid state to ‘rainbow nation’
1 The response to apartheid, c1948–59
2 Radicalisation of resistance and the consolidation of National Party power, 1960–68
3 Redefining resistance and challenges to National Party power, 1968–83
4 The end of apartheid and the creation of the ‘rainbow nation’, 1984–94

Unit 3 - The British experience of warfare, c1790–1918
1.Changes in organising the military
2.Changes in the role of the people
3.Britain and the French Wars, 1793–1815
4.The Crimean War, 1854–56
5.The second Boer War, 1899–1902
6.Trench warfare on the Western Front, 1914–18
7. The war in the air, 1914–18

Unit 4 - Coursework Personal assignment

Entry requirements

It is expected that students will have achieved a B at GCSE History in order to take an A-Level course in the subject. It is important that you have an enquiring mind, an interest in the past and its relevance to current affairs and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively


Units 1 -3 cover essay and source skills
AS Level
Unit 1 (60%) - 2 hour and 15 minute exam
Unit 2 (40%)- 1 hour and 30 minute exam

Unit 1 (30%) - 2 hour and 15 minute exam
Unit 2 (20%) - 1 hour and 30 minute exam
Unit 3 (30%) - 2 hour and 15 minute exam Unit 4 (20%) - coursework

Future opportunities

History provides an excellent foundation for a number of popular careers including: journalism, law, the civil service, personnel and most vocations in the business world.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Edward's Church of England School & Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2017
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