Accessibility links

History AS/A2 Level at Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School

Course description

Modern students have studied Post War Britain 1951-1994, and Dictatorship and Democracy in Germany 1933-63.
At A2 Level students deepen and broaden their knowledge and understanding of two great powers and their contributions to the world stage through a thematic study of Russia and its Rulers 1855-1964 and an in-depth study of the Vietnam War.
When looking at new courses on offer, our aims are to give students the opportunity to enrich their understanding of British and World events by studying a broad base of topics which build on past knowledge as well as provide new topics and perspectives.
Students’ progress will be monitored through a variety of written tasks, either essay style questions or shorter written assignments. Students will also be encouraged to attend the after school History Society lectures.


Course content

See above.

Entry requirements

A grade B or above at GCSE History is needed to undertake this A level course successfully.
A commitment to wide reading, an ability to engage critically both with the past and with present historical views and interpretations and a willingness to contribute to discussion and debate are vital.


The following format is likely but that full details will be published when they are known.
The British Period Study - 1 hour 30 minute exam for 2 essays.
European History Enquiry - 1 hour 30 minute exam using source material.
Historical Themes – 2 hour essay exam
We know that exam boards aim to keep coursework and, in the past, the format has been:
Historical Interpretations and Investigations - two 2000 word coursework essays, one
focusing on interpretations of passages and the other on an individual investigation.

Future opportunities

All of the ‘premier league’ universities regard History as a rigorous, academic subject to study at A level, and so a good grade is very well received. Because of the high level of reading and writing skills demanded and cultivated, the course could lead to a whole host of career path choices, such as: the Civil Service, management and accountancy, the Law, teaching and research, to name but a few.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 08 June 2015
Provider logo

Key information

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