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History A level at Cowes Enterprise College

Course description

A level History develops critical thinking and evidence gathering skills that provide an excellent foundation for a wide range of degree courses and employment, from journalism to politics and law.

Course content

Component 1: ‘The Tudors: England, 1485--‐1603’

This unit explores how effectively the Tudors established and strengthened the monarchy and royal government during the period as well as exploring wider social, religious, intellectual and economic changes over the ‘Tudor century’.

Component 2: ‘The American Dream: Reality and illusion- 1945-1980’

This depth study explores the journey the USA took from the end of the second world war to the start of the eighties, introducing a period in history in which the concept of the ‘American Dream’ became widely discussed both in the USA and abroad. The study examines the social, economical and political aspects of this journey.

Component 3: an historical investigation

Here, students are able to undertake a personal study based on a topic of their choice. This takes the form of a question in the context of approximately 100 years but which is separate and distinct from components 1 and 2.

Entry requirements

  • Strong written communication skills
  • An enquiring and analytical mind
  • A desire to explore the past to understand the significance of historical events
  • A strong GCSE History grade
  • Students who have studied other humanities subjects or similar and who can demonstrate the above abilities and aptitudes may be considered.


For A Level, students are assessed via two 2 ½ hour exams covering components 1 and 2. Each exam contributes 40% towards the final grade. The examined content covers the entire chronological span of each component. The remaining 20% of the final grade is comprised of the historical investigation, marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cowes Enterprise College directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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