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History at The Burgate School and Sixth Fom centre

Course description

A Level History is structured as a linear course split into two units and taught concurrently over two years.

The Breadth Study is a study of a minimum 100 year period, The Tudors: England 1485-1603. The Depth study covers the Cold War c.1945-1991.

 The course aims to develop your skills in analysis and evaluation of historical events by using source material or looking at the different ways in which aspects of the past have been interpreted.

Course content

Students at Burgate have enjoyed the opportunity to visit the city of Berlin to enhance their learning of A-Level topics. The History Department intend to continue to run this residential trip on a bi-annual basis.

At AS, the focus is on the 20th Century History with units on

  • Britain 1906-51 (25%)
  • Hitler, Anti-Semitism and the German people (25%)

At A2, the focus is on 16th Century and 20th Century History with units on:

  • The Tudor Monarchy: Control, Conscience and Conflict (20%)
  • International Relations 1945-2004 (30%)

Entry requirements

At least six A*- C grades at GCSE, including Grade B in English Language and History.


All A-Level units, except the Tudor Unit, are assessed by a written examination paper. The Tudor Unit is a personal study and is an independently researched and written project of no more than 4,500 words to be submitted in the Spring Term of the A2 year.

Students have the freedom to choose the specific focus of their own research project

Future opportunities

A Level History is highly regarded by the Russell Group universities as it is considered to be intellectually rigorous. It develops skills that are relevant to both higher education and the workplace in a variety of careers such as: Journalism, Law, Politics, Accountancy, Media, Teaching, Tourism and Charity work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Burgate School and Sixth Fom centre directly.

Last updated date: 17 March 2016

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