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History A Level at Heworth Grange Comprehensive School

Course description

At Heworth Grange we aim to provide students with a wide balance of units, covering history from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century. This would allow students to explore different eras and provide a broad platform for students who wish to go on to study History further.

Course content

Unit 1: British Period Study

Anglo Saxon England and the Norman Conquest 1035-1107

Students will learn about England before the Norman Conquest and the impact of such a radical invasion. Students will also study the invasion of 1066 in detail, looking at the events and consequences of the Battles of Stamford Bridge and Hastings. The overhaul of English society post-Norman invasion, including changes to government and the military under both William I and William ‘Rufus’ will be the enquiry topic, studied in depth.

Unit 2: Non-British Period Study

The Unification of Italy 1789-1896

This topic will explore the history of Italy, from a collection of city states working independently to a unified country. The role of revolutionaries, the impact of warfare and the influence of outsider nations will be assessed to fully understand the causes of unification.

Unit 3: Thematic Study

Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992

Students will have the opportunity to learn about the rise of civil rights in the USA from 1865 to the 1970s. In addition to civil rights for African Americans, students will extend their understanding to other groups including the Native Americans, Trade Union rights and the rights of women. This unit will challenge students to understand the causes and consequences of historical events over a large period of time.

Unit 4: Topic based essay

Students will complete an essay on a topic of their own choice. This will be supervised by a history teacher and students will be expected to develop their skills in research and argument. The choice of coursework topic is entirely open and can be drawn from a topic they have studied throughout the course, an era in history they find interesting or can be the investigation in a historical controversy.

Entry requirements

Grade B GCSE History

Those students who did not study History at GCSE should consult the Head of Department


Examination and Coursework assessed

Further information

Students are involved with the life of the History department including a weekly History Club who have recently looked at topics as broad as the golden age of pirates, the Age of Victorian Invention and the British Home Front in World War II. Year 12 students may also have the opportunity to visit the Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heworth Grange Comprehensive School directly.

Last updated date: 22 July 2016

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