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History A Level at The Priory School

Course description

Students are expected to study the following over the two years:

•           the history of more than one country or state, including at least one outside the British Isles

•           aspects of the past in breadth (through period and/or theme) and in depth

•           significant individuals, societies, events, developments and issues within a broad historical context

•           developments affecting different groups within the societies studied

•           a range of appropriate historical perspectives, for example aesthetic, cultural, economic, ethnic, political, religious, scientific, social or technological. A-level only In addition, A-level specifications must require students to study:

•           topics from a chronological range of at least 200 years

•           a substantial (a minimum of 20 per cent) and coherent element of British history and/or the history of England, Scotland, Ireland or Wales

•           change and/or development over a period of time sufficient to demonstrate understanding of the process of change, both long term (normally at least 100 years) and short term.

Course content

Year 12 Content

Unit 1: Breadth Study: 1C The Tudors: England, 1485–1603

Students will learn how to analyse and evaluate the views of historians interpretations of the past. Students also learn to explain causation, change, continuity, similarity and significance over time. Students learn how to and evaluate the evidence to draw justified judgements.

Unit 2: Depth study: 2N Revolution and dictatorship: Russia, 1917–1953

Students learn to analyse and evaluate the value of primary sources. Students will also learn to form judgements based on detailed historical knowledge and understanding of the period.

Year 13 Content

Unit 3: Historical Enquiry

Students will also study a forth Unit in Year 13 which is assessed by coursework on a topic decided by the centre and the students. This is a 3000-3500 word essay and worst 20% of the course.


History A Level is now a two year linear course and will be assessed at the end of the two years with three examination units and one coursework unit. 

Future opportunities

A Level History is recognised as a highly academic subject.  Students who study this subject progress in to a variety of career paths, which have included law, politics, teaching and business management.  The skills you will develop will also prepare you for further education and employment.  You will learn how to evaluate and analyse information, how to weigh up evidence and communicate complex ideas effectively.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 March 2017
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