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History A level at Easthampstead Park Community School

Course description

You will really enjoy this subject if you have a keen interest in the past and want to come to a better understanding of the present. If you enjoy reading, thinking, researching and gathering evidence then consider History. Still unsure, then ask yourself: Do I like working independently and in small groups, debating and presenting? Organise and manage my time effectively? Communicate and write clearly? Want to challenge myself academically?

This course will enable you to develop a wide range of transferable skills such as in-depth research and historical investigation , critical analysis of historical interpretations, cross referencing of evidence, and comparison of sources, essay writing, note taking and summarising, and debating.

This is an academic qualification and can be a demanding course  so you must be willing to read around the subject and write extended answers! 

Course content

Year 12

Paper 1 - Britain Transformed 1918-1997 (Social, Cultural, Political & Economic enquiry covering the Welfare State, transforming post war society and an investigation into the Thatcher years) - 30%

Paper 2 - The USA, Boom, Bust and Recovery  (Investigation of ‘The Roaring 20s’, Wall Street Crash, The New Deal and post war USA and the early years of Civil Rights movement) - 20%

Year 13

Paper 3 - Poverty, Public Health and the state in Britain 1780-1939 (Social and Political investigations into Dirt and Disease in the Victorian age through to the interwar years.) - 30%

Paper 4 - Coursework- 20%

Entry requirements

GCSE grade C in English and History.


Year 12

Paper 1 - 30% of the course -  assessed by an examination 

Paper 2 - 20% of the course -  assessed by an examination 

Year 13

Paper 3 - 30% of the course - assessed by an examination 

Paper 4 - Coursework- 20% of the course

Students are continually assessed throughout the year with exam style questions and mock exams. 

Future opportunities

It is a well respected academic A level and  allows you to study a wide range of topics at University. Possible careers include journalism; broadcasting; civil service; lawyer; teacher; researcher; business management; government service; politician; museum curator; archaeologist.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Easthampstead Park Community School directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September