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History at St Birinus School

Course description


  • Unit 1 Historical Themes in Breadth.
  • Unit 2 British History Depth Studies.A2
  • Unit 3 Depth Studies and Associated Controversies.
  • Unit 4 Historical Enquiry.

    For Unit 1, students receive a broad overview of a particular theme (either China 1900-1976 or Italy, 1815-1943) assessing the historical significance of events, ideas, attitudes and beliefs and their influence on behaviour and actions. Unit 2 involves exploring source material in its historical context to develop an in-depth understanding of attitudes, beliefs and structures within societies (either Women and the Suffrage Question 1860-1930 or Henry VIII: Authority, Nation and Religion, 1509-40).

    A2 begins with Unit 3 where students will explore challenges and conflicts within periods or societies and use sources to investigate different opinions on key historical debates (either USA 1917-54 or Protest, Crisis and Rebellion in England, 1536-88). In Unit 4 students carry out an internally assessed enquiry investigating factors for change and development in both the short and long-term, focussing on either Russia 1856-1964 or Witchcraft in Early Modern Britain, C. 1542-1736.

  • Entry requirements

    If you achieve at least 5 C grades or above or the equivalent youcould consider Advanced Level courses.

    However, for the majority of Level 3 subjects B grades at GCSEare required. Specific grade requrements for subjects are available from staff and will be discussed at interview .

    How to apply

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

    Last updated date: 09 June 2014

    Key information

    • Start date: Next September
    • Duration: 2 years