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History (A level linear – No AS examinations) at Gumley House Convent School

Course description

This Edexcel course is designed to be exciting and engaging.  Throughout your A level you will learn about a range of varied and intriguing topic areas that we hope will spark your interest in History.

The course is designed to be exciting and engaging. Throughout your A Level you will learn about a range of varied and intriguing topic areas that we hope will spark your interest in History. Your first year’s study of life in Germany will be complemented by studying Mussolini’s Fascist dictatorship in Italy. In the second year there is a compulsory British Unit looking at the rebellions faced by the Tudor monarchs. You will also get the opportunity to select a topic that interests you and undertake an independent historical enquiry; perhaps something that might have interested you throughout the course or a topic that you might have developed an interest in previously.

We aim to incorporate a range of styles into our teaching and your learning. This might include role-plays, group work, presentations, film, lectures, the use of IT, as well as individual reading, research and writing. We aim to supplement your learning with appropriate visits and excursions. 

You will be expected to complete about 6 hours of independent work a week.   

You will enjoy this course if you are interested in finding out how history influences and explains the modern world.  Your skills of analysis and evaluation will develop and you will learn how to deal with conflicting data and how to strengthen your communication skills through debate.  The world is your oyster with History!

Course content

Unit 1: Germany & West Germany 1918-1989 (30%)

Unit 2: The rise and fall of Fascism in Italy 1911-1946 (20%)

Unit 3: Rebellion & Disorder under the Tudors 1485-1603 (30%)

Unit 4: Historical Interpretations Coursework (20%)

Entry requirements

 English and Mathematics at level 5 and three different subjects at a minimum of grade C. GCSE History at Grade B or above is required.   


Paper 1: Breadth study with interpretations

External written examination 30% of A level

Paper 2: Depth study

External written examination 20% of A level

Paper 3: Themes in breadth with aspects in depth

External written examination 30% of A level

Paper 4: Coursework

Internally assessed, externally moderated. 20% of A level


Financial information

Appropriate visits and excursions.  

Future opportunities

 History is respected by universities and employers as it develops students’ skills of analysis, the ability to deal with conflicting data as well as the ability to communicate ideas clearly. Gumley history students have gone on to be TV presenters, lawyers, accountants and to work in business or government. The world is your oyster with history! You could take this course with other advanced level courses or equivalent to prepare for higher education in History or related subjects such as English, American Studies, Politics, Archaeology or more general courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to history by seeking employment in areas of heritage such as working for a museum or within education such as a teacher. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact us or ask your school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gumley House Convent School directly.

Last updated date: 15 May 2017
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    • The main entrance to the School is via Gumley Gardens off  St John's Road.

      The School is close to a number of bus routes- 267, 237, 235,117 and H37.

      There is limited parking in the school during school hours. There is metered street parking in South Street (off Twickenham Road).