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History A Level at The Grange School

Course description

This is an opportunity for History students to be pioneers and travel uncharted waters much like the adventurers of the past. This is your chance to be the first and make your mark. The new specification is exciting and varied and will provide students with the means to develop their skills of analysis and interpretation that is so valued by employers and sought after. The world is changing rapidly with the development of new technology and we need to understand the impact that it will have on our world. Only the study of History and understanding of the past with enable us to make sense of the world.

Course content

The A level course has been changed to a linear structure with all examinations taken at the end of two years. If students find the demands of the course too rigorous then they can be changed to AS History. The course has been organised thematically with 8 possible routes. The following are two possible examples of the thematic routes. As yet, the History Department has not made a final choice on the possible route that will be studied. , Exam Board Students follow Edexcel Advanced GCE in History, course code AS 8H10 and A level 9H10 . ROUTE 1 Democracies in change: Britain and the USA in the Twentieth century Paper 1: Britain Transformed, 1918-97 Paper 2: The USA, 1920-55: boom, bust and recovery, or The USA, 1955-92: conformity and challenge Paper 3 Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors Controlled Assessment: Each student can choose their own topic. ROUTE 2 Revolutions in early modern and modern Europe Paper 1: Britain, 1625-1701: conflict, revolution and settlement Paper 2: France in revolution, 1774-99, or Russia in revolution, 1894 -1924 Paper 3 The Golden Age of Spain, 1474-1598 Controlled Assessment Each student can choose their own topic.

Entry requirements

The History A level course is a challenging and demanding course and is designed with the intention that students would eventually go on to university. It is an academically rigorous course and students will need to have: an inquiring mind; the ability to analyse information and communicate their ideas effectively; and, naturally, a keen interest in discussion, argument and the past. The requirement for this course is a B grade at GCSE level if History was taken or at least a B grade for English if History was not taken.


Paper 1: Breadth study with interpretations Written examination (2hrs 15mins) Paper 2: Depth Study Written examination (1hr 30mins) Paper 3: Themes in breadth Written examination (2hrs 15mins) Controlled assessment

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years