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History A level at The Corsham School

Course description

If you are inquisitive and enjoy learning about the world around you and people in it, then History Advanced level may be ideal for you.

At the heart of studying History, is the study of people, their feelings, attitudes, prejudices and motivation. This understanding is very useful in the ‘people professions’, from Receptionists to Social Workers. History teaches interviewing and enquiry skills, which fit an historian for jobs which find out information - TV researcher, investigative reporter and the police. Historians know how to read documents, ignore irrelevancies, separate propaganda from the truth, and circumstantial from hard evidence.  This is essential for people such as lawyers, detectives and politicians. History requires extended, logical, reasoned debate in writing. It is beneficial for any job which requires writing reports such as Journalism. Historical knowledge is essential for certain jobs, such as Archaeologists, Archivists and Curators.

Course content

Students must complete each of the 4 units and their total A level study must extend over at least a 200 year period – in other words, completing a solely Modern History or Early Modern A level, is now impossible. In History we offer two different pathways when uptake is high enough. The pathways we offer in Year 12 are:

Pathway one: Tudor England 1485-1558 and Russia 1894-1941.

Pathway two: Tudor England 1547-1603 and Germany 1919-1963

In Year 13 the topics have yet to be finalised but based on current expertice in the department we are likely to offer Witch-hunting or Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992 for Unit 3 and the Holocaust for coursework. 

This will be finalised at open evening.

Entry requirements

Students are required to have achieved an A*-B grade at GCSE History. Students who have not studied history are welcome, but must have achieved an A*-B in English Language or Literature at GCSE.


Units 1, 2 and 3 are examined in the Summer Term of Year 13.

Unit 4 is a piece of coursework to be completed early in Year 13.

Students will be required to recall, select and deploy their historical knowledge and communicate that knowledge clearly and effectively.  They will also be assessed on their ability to enquire independently as historians, using a range of evidence.

All external exams are completed at the end of year 13 – there will be 3 exams in total.

Unit 1: British period study and enquiry worth 50 marks 1hr 30 minute paper (25% of the total A level)

Unit 2: Non-British period study worth 30 marks 1hr paper (15% of the total A level)

Unit 3: Thematic study and historical interpretations worth 80 marks 2hr 30minutes paper (40% of the total A level)

Additionally there is a topic based essay (3,000 to 4,000 words) worth 40 marks that is submitted at the end of year 13 (20% of the total A level)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Corsham School directly.

Last updated date: 06 November 2017

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