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History A Level at Orleans Park

Course description

There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.

Harry Truman

You know, there's no such thing as society. There are individual men and women and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look after themselves first.

Margaret Thatcher


Studying History helps students understand the significance of historical events, the role of individuals in history and the nature of change over time. This in turn helps them to gain a deeper understanding of the past through considering political, social, economic and cultural perspectives. The engaging topics offered available to them throughout the course will provide them with the knowledge and skills they require to succeed.

Course content

1K The Making of a Superpower: USA, 1865-1975

This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence as well as race, politics and economics in this period.

Year 12

Part one: from Civil War to World War, 1865-1920

The Era of Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1890

Populism, Progressivism and imperialism, 1890-1920

Year 13

Part two: crises and the rise to World Power, 1920–1975

Crisis of identity, 1920–1945

The Superpower, 1945–1975

2S Making Modern Britain, 1951-2007

This option provides study in depth of the key political, economic, social and international changes which helped to shape Britain in the second half of the 20th century.

Year 12

Part One: Making of Modern Britain

The Affluent Society, 1951-1964

The Sixties, 1964-1970

The end of Post-War Consensus, 1970-1979

Year 13

Part two: Modern Britain, 1979–2007

The impact of Thatcherism, 1979–1987

Towards a new Consensus, 1987–1997

The Era of New Labour, 1997–2007


Students sit 2 exams at the end of Year 13, with each exam focusing on a different component. These exams will take the form of externally assessed written papers lasting 2 hours and 30 minutes. In each exam students are required to answer 3 questions.

Students will also have to complete a Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) worth 20% of their overall grade. This is based on individual research and an essay of around 3,000-3,500 words.

Future opportunities

Many students who have taken the A Level in History go on to study History at university. History can also be useful for careers in Journalism, Media, Teaching, Law or Academic/Medical Research.

Further information

Applications to the Sixth Form for September 2019 open on Monday 1 October 2018 and close on Friday 11 January 2019. Please apply for 3 courses plus a reserve choice.

Entry Requirements for September 2019:

6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 with at least 3 subjects at Grade 6 (or equivalent Grade B) including English and Mathematics at Grade 4 or higher. Some subjects have specific requirements (as shown on the individual subject page) and we strongly advise that students have at least a GCSE Grade 6 (or equivalent Grade B) in the subjects they will study at A Level.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 17 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: AQA 7042

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    • DIRECTIONS FROM A316 Leave the A316 at the St Margarets Roundabout. Join the A3004 (St Margarets Road). Pass St Margarets station on the right. Turn right onto Crown Road (A3004) Turn right onto Richmond Road (A305). Orleans Park is located on the left hand side. BY TRAIN Twickenham is served by trains from London Waterloo, Clapham Junction, Richmond, Ascot & Reading. BY BUS Services 33, 490, H22, R68 & R70 all stop outside the school on Richmond Road.