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History at St Gregory's Catholic School

Course description

This course aims to develop a student’s interest in and enthusiasm for History, and an understanding of its intrinsic value and significance. It also allows students to acquire an understanding of different identities within society and an appreciation of social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity through the study of aspects of British and non-British history.


Course content

The course covers a range of historical periods, each examined by a separate paper.

Unit 1 The Crusades, c1095–1204

The examination lasts 2 hours 15 minutes and is marked out of 60.

●Students answer three questions: one from Section A, one from Section B and one from Section C. This paper comprises two essays and a question about evaluation of interpretations.

Unit 2 Anglo-Saxon England and the Anglo-Norman Kingdom, c1053–1106

The examination lasts 1 hour 30 minutes and is marked out of 40.

● Students answer two questions: one from Section A and one from Section B. One question will be focused on source material, and the other will be an essay.

Unit 3 Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485–1603

The examination lasts 2 hours 15 minutes and is marked out of 60.

● Students answer three questions: one from Section A, one from Section B and one from Section C. One question will be based on primary source material, one question will be an essay to assess student understanding of the period in depth, and one is an essay to assess the breadth of understanding across the whole time period studied.

Unit 4 (coursework) Germany and the outbreak of the First World War.

The purpose of this coursework is to enable students to develop skills in the analysis and evaluation of interpretations of history in a chosen question, problem or issue as part of an independently researched assignment.

Students carry out an independently-researched enquiry to analyse and evaluate interpretations (AO3).

● The assignment is set by the centre on a question, problem or issue that has generated disagreement among historians.

● The assignment is marked out of 40.


Entry requirements

Minimum of a grade 6 at GCSE

Future opportunities

Higher education – A wide range of university courses would accept History as a subject that would prove students had the skills required to progress to the next level of study.

Careers – History A level can lead to studying History at university, which could then contribute to a career in areas such as law, teaching, journalism, PPE. Other courses also require an essay-based subject, so History also complements applications for medicine.

Further information

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

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Gregory's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: EDEXCEL 9HI0

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • St Gregory's Office
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01892 527444
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