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History A-Level at St Clement Danes School

Course description


The aim of the course as a whole is to enable students to develop their interest in and enthusiasm for history and an understanding of its intrinsic value and significance by acquiring an understanding of different identities within society and an appreciation of aspects such as social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity. They will build on their understanding of the past through experiencing a broad and balanced course of study which will help them to make links and draw comparisons within and/or across different periods and aspects of the past. The students will develop their skills of historical enquiry, improving their ability to become effective and independent learners who are critical and reflective thinkers. They will acquire an understanding of the nature of historical study, for example that history is concerned with judgements based on available evidence and that historical judgements are provisional; thus they will be able to ask relevant and significant questions about the past and organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways, arguing a case and reaching substantiated judgements.

Course content

The A level course is designed to develop individual research skills, and develop further the historical skills needed to analyse changes over time and the process of history. The students will combine all the skills developed to produce well-structured coherent arguments and to display an understanding and knowledge linking the past to the present.

Unit 3: Themes in breadth with aspects in depth Britain: Losing and gaining an Empire 1763 - 1914.

Coursework: The American Revolution

Entry requirements

Attain at least a C grade in English Language/English Literature GCSE or Mathematics GCSE. History: B or if not studied: English Literature: B.


Unit 3: Themes in breadth with aspects in depth: Written examination = 2 hours 15 minutes. 30% of the Linear A Level course. One essay assessing breadth of knowledge, One essay assessing depth of knowledge and one compulsory question that assesses the ability to analyse and evaluate source material that is primary and/or contemporary to the period.

Coursework: The American Revolution Students complete an Extended essay - 3,000 to 4,000 words. 20% of the Linear A Level course. Internally Assessed and Externally moderated.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Clement Danes School directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years