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History A Level at Archway School

Course description

The content of the AS course, though it is a completely separate qualification, comprises the first part of the A Level course in both Units. This means it will be easy for students to take A Level History the following year.

The course focuses on changes and developments in

these two periods and tests skills of developed explanation, analysis and source evaluation.


Course content

The A Level History course involves the study of one modern and one early-modern topic. This fulfils the new requirement that all History courses must cover a chronological range of at least 200 years so as to provide students with a broad range of historical knowledge.

The coursework unit requires each student to submit an extended essay in response to a question of their choosing, though we can focus on a particular topic for everyone, as long as each student’s question within that topic is different. At the moment our coursework topic is Civil Rights in the USA, but no final decision has been made on this.

Entry requirements





There are two units and both will be examined at the end of the year. Paper 2 includes the interpretation and evaluation of sources.

Unit 1: Breadth Study - The Tudors, England, 1485-1547

Unit 2: Depth Study - Democracy and Nazism, Germany, 1918-1933

A Level

The two exams at the end of Y13 are each worth 40% of the final mark. Paper 2includes the interpretation and evaluation of sources. Unit 3 is worth 20% of the final mark.

Unit 1:Breadth Study The Tudors: England, 1485-1603

Unit 2: Depth Study  Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918-1945

Unit 3: Coursework

Financial information

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is made available from the Government – to provide assistance to students whose access to, or completion of, education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers. Further information regarding eligibility and application forms are available from the sixth form.

Future opportunities

History  A  level  is  an  obvious  choice  for anyone  wishing  to  study  single  or  joint honours History at University.   This could lead to jobs directly related to History, such as teaching or archival or museum work. History is also a favoured A level for courses in Journalism, Law, Politics, Anthropology and others.

History is a fine compliment to many other A Levels including English, Languages, Geography, Anthropology, Politics and even practical subjects such as Theatre Studies, Music, and Textiles.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 August 2016
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