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History A level at Cannock Chase High School

Course description

Aims of the Course:

•      Develop transferable skills including communication and argument, comprehension and evaluation, investigation, analysis and judgement. 

•      To build on an understanding of the past through experiencing a broad and balanced course of study.

•      Development of effective and independent students and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds. 

•      To develop the ability to ask relevant and significant questions about the past and to research them. 

•      To develop their use and understanding of historical terms, concepts and skills. 

•      To make links and draw comparisons within and/or across different periods and aspects of the past. 

Students will learn to organise and communicate their historical knowledge in different ways including arguing a case and reaching substantiated judgements  

Course content

Both AS and A Level specifications require students to study: 

  • The history of more than one country including at least one outside of the British Isles; 
  • Significant individuals, societies, events, developments and issues within a broad historical context; 
  • Developments affecting different groups within society; 
  • A substantial element of British history. 



•      Enquiry topic: Churchill 1930–1951

•      The American Revolution 1740–1796 1740 1796 


•      Civil Rights in the USA 1865–1992 

•      Topic based essay-The Cold War 

Entry requirements

History GCSE Grade B 


Both the AS and A level specifications require students to regularly write essays and to complete externally assessed written exams. In addition, students are required to carry out a historical enquiry that is independently researched and that investigates specific historical questions, problems or issues; this should utilise students’ knowledge and skills.  

Future opportunities

These include Journalism, Law, Banking, Police, Teaching and a range of business and commercial vocations. History is a highly valued academic qualification. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cannock Chase High School directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September