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History at Outwood Grange Academy

Course description

The A Level course consists of two exam papers and one piece of coursework.  Source Paper: Post-War Britain 1951-2007.  Interpretation Paper: Germany 1871-1991.  Coursework: The causes of the French Revolution.

This option provides for the study of the key political, economic, social and international changes which helped to mould France, Germany and Britain 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.  It explores concepts such as government, monarch and politics, social changes and divisions and the impact of foreign policy.  It encourages students to reflect on key events that shaped each country and asses change and continuity over time.

History is a very well respected subject. Its importance is recognised by both universities and employers.  It prepares students for the future equipping them with the knowledge and skills that are prized in adult life.

Course content

What will I learn at A Level?

  • Post-War Britain 1979-2007
  • Germany 1929-1991
  • The causes of the French Revolution 1689-1789

Entry requirements

If you have studied GCSE History a Level 5 or above must have been achieved.  If you have not studied History at GCSE this must include a Level 6 or above in GCSE English. It is not a requirement to have History at GCSE however, it would be advisable that students have this qualification before considering the A Level qualification.




How will I be assessed at A Level?

Source paper:  2 hours 30 minutes.  Three questions - one compulsory.  80 marks, 40% of A Level.

Interpretations paper:  2 hours 30 minutes.  Three questions - one compulsory, 80 marks, 40% of A Level.

Historical investigation coursework:  40 marks, 20% of A Level.

Future opportunities

History allows you access to a range of careers and future opportunities. History develops the analytical and communicative skills desired by employers in the fields of: politics, business, management, public relations, journalism, teaching, law enforcement and financial services. History is a facilitating subject which provides an excellent base for any career you are seeking to embark upon.  As a facilitating subject Russell Group universities suggest that History is an informed choice in allowing access to their courses.


Further information

What skills will I develop?

Studying A Level History will develop your skills of explanation, analysis and argument.  You will become adept at selecting relevant information and using this to present a convincing argument.  Through the coursework element skills of historiography and research will be developed in addition to analysis of primary sources and historical interpretations.


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 25 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 40