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Sir Graham Balfour School History A Level Pearson (Block E) at The Stafford Partnership

Course description

“A” Level History builds upon the experiences that you have already developed in a number of ways.

  • It encourages the development of reason.
  • It advocates research and in depth analysis.
  • It seeks to promote a mastery of the specific, and develops an understanding of detail.
  • It seeks to broaden individuals, by embracing a multi-disciplinary role, especially in its links with English.

Why consider History at A Level?

Develops a large range of key skills such as:

    • Critical reasoning and analytical skills.
    • The ability to construct an argument by selecting and deploying key information.
    • Communication skills such as, negotiation, questioning and summarising.
  • Creates plenty of further education opportunities.
  • Makes you attractive to a wide range of employers.
  • Helps you to understand the world we live in today.
  • It’s interesting.
  • Excellent teaching!

Course content

From September 2015 we will be delivering the Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in History. This course is designed not only to develop your knowledge and understanding of new historical topics, but also foster a range of skills that are desirable for you when seeking to go on to further education or the world of work. You will explore a chronological period starting in c1580 and culminating in c1924. Two modules of the qualification focus on Revolutions in early modern and modern Europe, a third focuses on a breadth study of the Witch Craze in Britain, Europe and North America and the final element of the qualification is a coursework module.

What examinations will I have to take to get my qualification?

Revolutions in early modern and modern Europe:

Themes in breadth:



Unit 1: Britain 1625 – 1701: conflict, revolution and settlement. (30%)

Unit 2: Russia in revolution 1894 – 1924.


Unit 3: The witch craze in Britain,

Europe and North America,

c1580–c1750. (30%)

Unit 4: Historical Enquiry: Created by students or set by the centre. (20%)





Entry requirements

The standard entry criteria to study in the sixth form is an 9-4 or A*-C in at least seven different subjects, including mathematics which would usually be at grade 4 or above (equivalent to grade C in previous years).


To study other subjects already taken at GCSE you must achieve  at least a grade 5 or C grade or above in that subject.


The units are designed to asses a range of your skills, looking at your ability to analyse and evaluate source material, demonstrate your topical understanding and carry out independent research. Each unit is assessed in the following way:

Unit 1

Written examination (2 hour 15minutes).  You will be required to answer three essay type questions, two of which assess your topic understanding and the third your ability to deal with historical interpretations. Each question is worth 20 marks.

Unit 2

Written examination (1 hour 30 minutes).  You will be required to answer two questions in this time. One question is source based and the other tests your historical knowledge.  Each question is worth 20 marks.

Unit 3

Written examination (2 hours 15 minutes).  You will be required to answer 3 essay questions. One of these will be sourced based with the remainder testing your knowledge and understanding of the topics covered.

Unit 4

The Historical Enquiry is an internally assessed coursework unit. This unit consists of one question that can further explore the topics already covered within the course or address a new topic area. The focus of this task is upon independent research and the identification and application of historical interpretations.

Financial information

Students are expected to equip themselves with the basic stationary required for the majority of their subjects. Students should be prepared to buy the occasional book to further develop their topical knowledge and understanding although a Library membership would equally be useful.


Future opportunities

History “A” level is accepted at every college and university as a sign of a well educated and rationally thinking person. The biggest misconception is that the only use for the subject is to go into teaching.This is not so.

Many college courses, leading to all sorts of awards, will accept the subject as part of their entry qualifications, whether or not History is part of it.

In recent years students that have followed the History course at the school have graduated to work in a broad range of occupations. These include:



Health Service Management

Retail management

The police force

Social work


Personal businesses

Doctoral Physics

The diplomatic service




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 The Stafford Partnership directly.

Last updated date: 19 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: 12EGbHI1