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History A-Level (Edexcel) at Harington School

Course description

HIstory combines the excitement of exploration and discovery with the sense of reqard born of successfully confronting and making sense of complex and challenging problems. The purpose of historical inquiry is not simply to present facts but to search for an interpretation of the past. Historians attempt to find patterns and establish meaning through the study of eveidence. History complements other subjects. It provides skills and understanding that will always be valuable in any career.

The study of History has a civilising influence on our society. It is the source of our politcfail, social and ethical ideals. Students at Harington will enjhopy the study of people, patterns and changes in the past.

Course content

The course will offer students the opportunity to study different societies that have undergone significatn change and reason/effects of that change. There will be particular focus on, for example, British Colonisation, France at the time of the Revolution, Civil Rights in the USA and England under Henry VIII.

Entry requirements

Each year, Harington School offers 150 places in Year 12 to students who meet our admissions criteria. 


Our usual minimum requirements are:

  • Five GCSEs at grade B or abov
  • A*- C passes in Mathematics and English

There is an expectation that students will have achieve an A*-B grade in the subjects (or comparable subjects) that they wish to take at A-Level.

Future opportunities

History goes well with other arts and social science subjects like English, Geography or Philosophy. Students can go on to university and then specialise in a range of subject areas, from the History of Art to transport history. With a qualification in History, you can go on to work in a great variety of jobs in law, business and administration, the police service, the armed forces, journalism and the media, leisure aand tourism, as well as the more 'obvious' History-related careers like teaching or working in museums or libraries.

Further information

Harington places a great emphasis on academic achievement and on providing challenging opportunities for personal development, through the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the individual Extended Project. These are essential when applying for the most prestigious universities. There will also be the opportunity to take the ABRSM grades in Music.

When choosing your A-Level subjects, you should take into consideration not only your personal strengths but also the requirements of any future courses you will wish to study post-18.

This is a very exciting time to join Harington School and our goal is to help you achieve the success you need to progress on to the next important stage of your education.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 September 2015
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