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History A Level at Corfe Hills School

Course description

The A2 course builds upon the content studied in Year 12. Students also undertake a historical investigation.

The Tudors 1485-1603: Following our work on this topic in Year 12 we pick up the story in 1547 with the death of Henry V111. This year’s study initially focuses on the ‘mid Tudor crises’ between 1547 and 1563. Students will examine how the changing monarchs impacted upon religion, foreign policy economy and society during this turbulent period. The reign of Elizabeth is also studied with a focus on issues of succession and challenges from abroad.

The Cold War 1945-1991: We begin Year 13 in 1963 and focus on aspects of cooperation with regards to détente and confrontation in the Vietnam War. The global nature of the conflict is embraced with a specific focus on Sino Soviet relations and a wider look at the impact of the Cold War on Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. We finally analyse the reasons for the collapse of Communism and the end of the Cold War.

Historical investigation: You will have the opportunity to conduct your own research into a period of history in which there are differing interpretations. After you have identified primary and secondary sources to help you reach your conclusions you will produce a 3-3500 word essay. Your teacher will guide and support you through this process.

Course content

We will continue to develop your ability to write well supported, argument led essays and analyse primary documents and historical interpretations. This year there will be a greater focus on independent research and study through the historical investigation.


You will have two 2hr 30 minute exams to complete at the end of the year, one on each topic area. These account for 40% of the total mark each. The final 20% is made up of the essay completed as part of the historical investigation.

Tudors: There are 3 questions. Two will test your knowledge and understanding of the period and one question which focuses on the different interpretations of historians

Cold War: There are 3 questions. Two will test your knowledge and understanding of the period and one question which focuses on primary source material.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Corfe Hills School directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September