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History A Level at Writhlington School

Course description

Studying history will help you understand the significance of historical events, the role of individuals in history and the nature of change over time. History allows students to gain a deeper understanding of the past through political, social, economic and cultural perspectives. You will examine a breadth study and a depth study in addition to completing an historical enquiry.

Course content

Year 12 - The British Empire Part one: the High Water Mark of the British Empire, c1857–1914 - The development of Imperialism, c1857– c1890 - Imperial consolidation and Liberal rule, c1890–1914 - The Birth of the USA - Part one: the origins of the American Revolution, 1760–1776 - Britain and the American Colonies, 1760–1763  Enforcing the Colonial Relationship, 1763–1774 - Ending the Colonial Relationship, 1774–1776

Year 13 - The British Empire - Part two: Imperial retreat, 1914–1967 Imperialism challenged, 1914–1947 - The winds of change, 1947–1967 - The Birth of the USA - Part two: establishing the Nation, 1776–1801 - The War of Independence, 1776– 1783 - Founding the Republic, 1776– 1789 - Washington and Adams, 1789–1801

Entry requirements

Five GCSE Grade 6 to 9 including English and Maths. Students require a GCSE Grade 6 in History.


At the end of Year 12 you will sit end of year exams, these will not count towards your final results. There are two final written examinations at A level, together with a 3,000-5,000 word historical investigation that accounts for 20% of your mark.

Future opportunities

Politics, civil service, journalism, media, teaching, law, academia, broadcasting, consultancy, business and intelligence.

Further information

Trips are organised to History conferences relating to the Breadth and Depth studies by university academics in the field of study. These are optional and usually take place in London around Easter time. Estimated cost is £35 per conference including travel

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 December 2017

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