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History A Level at Stanground Academy

Course description

History A level is the course to do if you enjoy learning about the past. If you are a good at debating and challenging other people’s ideas then you should choose this course. You will learn to form reasoned and justified arguments and to think critically about the past and other people’s ideas.

Course content

The first year will be divided into two units.


Unit 1: British period study and enquiry -  England  1377-1445.

·         Enquiry topic: The reign of Richard II, 1377-1399

·         British period study: England, 1399-1445

Unit 2: Democracy and dictatorship in Germany 1919-1963

Unit 3: Popular culture at the witchcraze of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

Unit 4: Non examined assessment:

-Topic based essay

Entry requirements

5 + A* to B grades at GCSE including  grade B or above in history and grade 6 or above in English.


All exams are taken at the end of the two year A level.

Unit 1 – 1 hour 30 minutes examination in two sections (25% of total A level)

Unit 2 – 1 hour 30 minute examination in two sections.(15%of total A level)

Unit 3 – 2 hour 30 minute examination in two sections (40% of total A level).

Unit 4 – Coursework.  Individual 3-4000 word piece based on a topic of your choosing. (20% of total A level).

Future opportunities

This course will lead onto higher education degrees in a wide range of subjects, including history, English, law, sociology, politics and teaching.  With a history A Level there are numerous career opportunities available to you, such as teaching, law, journalism and political work.  The skills learnt studying this subject can be transferred across many careers that require you to think analytically and require you to argue.

Further information

Studying A level history will support you in many other subjects that require similar evaluative and analytical skills, such as English language, English literature, philosophy, psychology and sociology. However, due to the analytical nature of the discipline it can also support the sciences as well.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years