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History A Level at St Edmund Campion Catholic School

Course description

If you are a critical and independent thinker who is fascinated by the past and its direct impact on the future, then A Level History is for you.

Course content

Component 1 - Breath Study: Challenge and Transformation: Britain, c1851–1964

In Year 12 we study Victorian and Edwardian Britain 1851 to the outbreak of the Great War in 1914; a time when Britain dominated the world stage and was an economic powerhouse. However, it was also a time of significant upheaval with the painful growth of democracy, the discontent of the lower classes and their struggle for better lives and the ever troublesome problem of Ireland, all being studied.

In Year 13 this module goes onto examining the two World Wars and their profound impact on this country up to 1964. This will include Britain’s decline as a great power, social developments such as the changing status of women, the ups and downs of the economy as well as the continuing problem of Anglo-Irish relations.

Component 2 - Depth Study: The Sun King: Louis XIV, France and Europe 1643 to 1715

In Year 12 we take the story up to 1685 which marks the peak of Louis’ power. This studies how this powerful monarch came to dominate not only his own country but the rest of Europe as well.

In Year 13 we see the decline of France’s power as her enemies combined to thwart her. By 1715 France was still the most powerful country in the world but her expansion had been stopped. At home, Louis continued to expand his power and this course asks questions about the nature and extent of his power.

Component 3 is a Historical Investigation that involves research into a person, event or historical question that interests the student. It is a chance to dig into something that stimulates you and is excellent preparation for the demands of the university. It is worth 20% of the final marks

Entry requirements

6 in English Language GCSE


Future opportunities

As well as the more obvious professions like teaching and research, History graduates are sought-after in the civil service, journalism and the law as well as a host of management positions where the ability to understand complex information and argue a substantiated case are vital to job skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Edmund Campion Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 22 August 2017
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