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History A level at Chace Community School

Course description

The course consists of four units which focus on the most exciting and interesting social and political issues to affect the world from throughout History.  These topics build on the knowledge and skills brought from GCSE History and KS3, whilst enabling you to develop a more detailed knowledge of the period.  Of the four units studied, three will be assessed by examination and one as coursework.    

Course content

Year 12: Searching for Rights and Freedoms in the 20th Century

Unit 1 (Examined) – In Search Of The American Dream, 1917 – 1996.

Unit 2 (Examined) – South Africa, 1948 – 94, From Apartheid to Rainbow Nation. 

Year 13

Unit 3 (Examined) – Rebellion and Disorder under the Tudors, 1485 – 1603.

Unit 4 (Coursework) – Coursework based on a historical controversy.


•       The changing political context of the US.

•       Civil Rights in the US.

•       The changing social context of the US.

•       What was the Impact of the Reagan Presidency?

•       Apartheid in South Africa.

•       Life in Apartheid.

•       Opposition to Apartheid.

•       The end of Apartheid. 


 •       The development of popular protest in the Tudor period.

•       The development of the Tudor State.

•       The changing role of religion in Tudor society.

•       Historical Controversies.

Entry requirements

A good pass in a Humanities subject (History, Geography, Sociology) would be helpful. 


We will work in varied styles to allow students to develop the skills of examining, analysing and explaining.  These include:

•               Class discussions 

•               School trips to Exhibitions, conferences and places of interest

•               Group and individual presentations, debates and seminars.

•               Short and extended written exercises.

•               Research activities.  

•               Analysing music, film, video. 

Future opportunities

Studying A level History opens the door to many exciting career opportunities, not just the obvious one of being an archivist in a museum or even a History teacher!  Many universities and employers recognise the valuable skills which History encourages, such as analysing data, selecting relevant information, forming opinions and communicating these in both oral and written forms.  Thus, History is seen as an excellent foundation for many careers and courses. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chace Community School directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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  • Start date: Next September