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History A level at Francis Combe Academy

Course description

If you have an interest In the past, enjoyed GCSE History and are considering doing an essay based subject at University, then A Level History would be a good choice for you. 

Course content

At A level, there are 2 taught units, as outlined below:

The Tudors: 1485 - 1603: This unit explores England as a nation from 1485 under Henry VII through to the death of Elizabeth I. It looks at the changes in society, domestic and foreign policy as well as the many plots and rebellions against the monarch of the day. 

The Cold War: 1945 - 1991: This is the modern unit of study covering the changing relationship between USA and USSR. It builds upon the GCSE course by looking at events in this period In more depth, to examine the role they played on the modern nations of USA and Russia. 

In addition to this the Independent Investigation allows more freedom, the study can be of your own choice but must be something the department can support you with, This allows a bit more freedom In terms of topic. The current Year 13's are completing theirs on Russian Rulers and the current Year 12's may be doing something on the US Civil Rights Movement. 

Entry requirements

General entry requirement for a 2 year programme of 3 or 4 A levels including the facilitating subjects, is a mostly A*/B profile at GCSE, including 5 A* - C grades, including grade 5 maths and English.

General entry requirement for a 2 year programme of 3 A levels, or a combination of A levels and vocational qualifications, is a mostly B/C profile at GCSE including 5 A* - C grades, including grade 4 English.

In order to succeed on the A Level History course It is necessary to have a good command of the English language and Grammar. Equally it is important that GCSE History has been studied as a preparation for A Level. Therefore to choose A Level History you need a minimum of: 

  • Grade B in GCSE History 


The course Is assessed in 2 stages. 2 exams are sat in June of year 13 and the Independent Investigation is submitted in March of year 13. 

  • Exam 1: The Tudors 1485 - 1603 - 3 Questions 40% 
  • Exam 2: The Cold War 1945 -1991 - 3 Questions 40% 
  • Independent Investigation: Topic of Choice - Independent Essay 20% 

The best news about the A level is it is the same technique for both exams, just on different subject content, which means that for 2 whole years, exam practice can be worked on and perfected, so our students go into the exam with confidence in their exam skills.

Future opportunities

A Level History is a versatile qualification that provides many transferable skills applicable to all manners of life, whether it is a university application, a school leaver graduate scheme, a job or an apprenticeship. 

A Level Historians are: 

  • Respected by Universities - it Is a tough subject, but it complements A LOT of University courses, such as Psychology, International Relations, Philosophy & Ethics, Politics, English Language or for the 'keenos'- History itself. 
  • Analytical Thinkers - We question what we do and never assume what we are told to be true. Employers respect our inquisitive nature as much as a University, if not more. 
  • Effective Reporters - We can write clear and concise, detailed and evidenced reports, something that is valued In almost every job out there. 
  • Confident Speakers - We know how to present a case and know how to make something assumed to be dull, quite engaging. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Francis Combe Academy directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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