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History AS and A Level *Fees Payable* at St Christopher School

Course description

History is an art form which uses some scientific methods.  If you find people and the enormous diversity of things they have achieved, fought over, struggled for and believed in interesting, and if you want to understand more about the world today, History is for you. At St Christopher we study the OCR syllabus with modules on Italy 1896 to 1943 and the life and times of Winston Churchill 1920-1945.

Course content

AS Level History (OCR Specification H105)

Unit 1 (Y143)
Britain 1930-1997

Unit 2 (Y243)
The French Revolution and Napoleon

A Level History (OCR Specification H505)

Unit 1 (Y113)
Britain 1930-1997

Unit 2 (Y213)
The French Revolution and Napoleon   1774-1815

Unit 3 (Y319)
Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992

Unit 4 (Y100)
Essay on a topic of the student’s choosing. Title must be submitted to OCR for approval first

Entry requirements

Problem-solving and decision-making.  Developing presentational skills both in discussion and on paper.  Broadening awareness of human psychology.  Studying topics or good narratives in depth.  Learning about and from different cultures.  Exploring the role of individuals, ideas and groups in historical development.  Understanding the relationship of past and present and the connection between historical change and different disciplines.  Acquiring an understanding of the philosophy of history.

Ability to listen and hear the sources of the past.  Ability to produce a coherent developed analysis on paper.  An open-minded, sceptical, questioning approach to topics.  An eye for detail.  Imagination and sensitivity.  Disciplined study skills. Courage in the face of challenges and uncertainty.  An interest in the wider community.  An enjoyment of reading, discussion, debate and research.


Lessons are a mix of formal explanations, audio-visual presentations, debates, discussions, question and answer sessions, source analysis and exercises designed to increase understanding of the objectives being assessed. Students will note, research and answer questions on nearly all the key topics, only a few of them being covered by circulars and formal teaching.  There will be regular tests.  Presentations may be by students as well as staff.  However structured the sessions, there will always be a lot of scope for individual participation.

Financial information

Fees will be payable for this course. Further details regarding scholarships, bursaries and exact fees are available on the website.

Future opportunities

Any student coping successfully with an A Level syllabus will acquire a wide-range of transferable skills useful in the law, education, media and journalism, business and public administration, humanitarian work – indeed in any experience involving interaction with people.  History is highly regarded by university departments in general, but especially those concerned with the media, education, public administration, management, law, sociology, geography, psychology, politics, international history and international relations.  The disciplines involved are well understood.  It is also a subject welcomed by nursing courses and others preparing students for care-work.

Further information

Please be aware that St Chris Sixth Form is a fee-paying independent provider.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 January 2016
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