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History A Level at Harris Academy Beckenham

Course description

Year 12 Content

There will be a choice of eight routes that centres can pick from covering a range of topics and time periods:

  • Route A: Conquest, control and resistance in the medieval world
  • Route B: Religion and the state in early modern Europe
  • Route C: Revolutions in early modern and modern Europe
  • Route D: Challenges to the authority of the state in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
  • Route E: Communist states in the twentieth century
  • Route F: Searching for rights and freedoms in the twentieth century
  • Route G: Nationalism, dictatorship and democracy in twentieth-century Europe
  • Route H: Democracies in change: Britain and the USA in the twentieth century

Within these routes, students study two different units which are both assessed by examination.

Year 13 Content

Depending on the choice of route selected by the centre in Year 12, students will study one of the following topics for Unit 3 in Year 13.  (Note: there are some prohibited combinations of topics)

  • Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII, 1399–1509
  • Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485–1603
  • The Golden Age of Spain, 1474–1598
  • The witch craze in Britain, Europe and North America, c1580–c1750
  • Industrialisation and social change in Britain, 1759–1928: forging a new society
  • Poverty, public health and the state in Britain, c1780–1939
  • Britain: losing and gaining an empire, 1763–1914
  • The British experience of warfare, c1790–1918
  • Protest, agitation and parliamentary reform in Britain, c1780–1928
  • Ireland and the Union, c1774–1923
  • The changing nature of warfare, 1859–1991: perception and reality
  • Germany, 1871–1990: united, divided and reunited
  • The making of modern Russia, 1855–1991
  • The making of modern China, 1860–1997
  • Civil rights and race relations in the USA, 1850–2009
  • Mass media and social change in Britain, 1882–2004

Students will also study a fourth Unit in Year 13 which is assessed by coursework on a topic decided by the centre and the students.

Entry requirements

Students require a grade 6 or above in History GCSE and a grade 5 or above English Language GCSE. English Literature at a grade 5 or above is also highly desirable.


Exam Board: Edexcel

Students sit examinations in their A Level courses at the end of Year 13. All students will take internal end of year examinations at the end of year 12 to determine suitability to continue with the subject in Year 13. Students who do not meet the required pass grade in the Year 12 end of year examinations will not be permitted to progress into Year 13.

History A Level is now a two year linear course and will be assessed at the end of the two years with three examination units and one coursework unit.  There will be no option for students to sit the AS qualification - we are no longer offering AS courses and all History courses last two years.

Future opportunities

A Level History is recognised as a highly academic subject.  Students who study this subject progress in to a variety of career paths which have included economics, journalism, law, politics, teaching and Business Management. The skills you will develop will also prepare you for higher education and employment. You will learn how to analyse and evaluate information, how to weigh up evidence and communicate complex ideas effectively. A Level History is a highly respected qualification by both universities and employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Academy Beckenham directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2017
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