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History A-Level at Kenton School

Course description

Both AS and A Level students study ‘The Tudors: England’. It covers how effectively the Tudors restored and developed the powers of the monarch, how England governed during this period, relationships with foreign powers, English society, intellectual and religious ideas and the importance of key individuals.

Depth Study.

Both AS and A Level students study Italy and Fascism covering a period of Italian history during which democracy gave way to Fascism. It requires an exploration of concepts such as liberalism, extremism, Fascism and authority and the factors which promote and sustain dictatorship.

Personal Investigation (A Level only)

The Personal Investigations unit allows students to consider an issue which has been subject to different historical interpretations as a basis for their coursework.

Course content

  • A Breadth Study- The Tudors: England, AS 1485–1547, A Level 1485-1603
  • A Depth Study- Italy and Fascism, AS c1900–1926, A Level 1900-1945
  • The coursework topic of study: ‘African American Civil Rights in the USA’

Entry requirements

Students should have at least 5A*-C at GCSE, one ofwhich should normally be History. However, studentswho do not have History at GCSE may be considered.


Syllabus/Exam Board/Level

AS/A Level History (AQA)


AS Level

The Tudors: England, 1485–1547 written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes. Italy and Fascism, c1900–1926 written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes. 

A Level

The Tudors: England, 1485–1603 written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes. Italy and Fascism, c1900– 1945 written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes. Historical Investigation (non-exam assessment) 3000- 3500 words

Future opportunities

History offers the opportunity to refine your skills of communication, analysis and research. It is this unique combination of disciplines which makes A Level History both demanding and a prestigious qualification for both universities and employers. History students enter a wide range of careers including Law, Banking, Politics, the Civil Service and the Media to name but a few.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years