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A Level History at The Bishop of Winchester Academy

Course description

It may surprise you to know that history is always changing. Historians uncover new sources or view them in different ways. Many issues in the news have historical roots so studying History will help you to understand the modern world. This makes it a lively and provocative subject to study, full of issues and arguments. If you’re interested in people and their lives in the past, then History is a good choice for you.

Course content

There are four units to study on this course, two at AS and two at A2.  In Unit 1 students will study Medieval England 1066 -1450, including coverage of The Norman Conquest, Battles of Stamford Bridge and Hastings, William the Conqueror, Domesday Book, Henry V, Hundred Years War, Battle of Agincourt, Life in the Middle Agest.  In Unit 2 students will look at Early Modern British History, studying Henry VIII from 1509-1540 and his Authority, Nation and Religion.  For Unit 3 at A2, students will study The United States between 1820-77, considering in particular whether it was a disunited nation.  The final unit will cover medieval medicine, c1000-c1650.

Entry requirements

You should meet the standard 6th Form entry requirements and have achieved a minimum of a GCSE grade B in this or a related subject.


A combination of assessment techniques will be used. Students will be required to undertake extended writing and essays in all units, in order to present historical explanations, assess the significance of events, individuals, beliefs and movements, and to reach substantiated judgements. Students will evaluate sources in Units 2, 3 and 4 in order to reach judgements by analysis and evaluation, and to address historical claims and debates. One of the key features of the specification is that Unit 4 will consist of 20% internal assessment.

Future opportunities

History is a firmly established and respected academic subject. It is accepted by all Higher Education establishments as a suitable qualification for a wide variety of degree courses. It is also useful for those considering a range of careers such as law, local government, management, the police, research, banking, the media, teaching, and museum and archive work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bishop of Winchester Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 June 2015

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