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History at The Warriner School

Course description

Everyone is strongly influenced by his or her understanding of the past. History offers a way of making sense of our collective pasts, through methodical enquiry and the critical use of evidence.

A deeper knowledge of history will enable you to put contemporary thoughts and actions into longer-term contexts which make them more understandable. A serious study of the past has been at the centre of human enquiry since the Ancient Greeks, and we believe it remains vital in helping the 21st-century world understand where it has come from and how to address the problems it faces. The study of history involves not only the reconstruction and interpretation of the past, but the development of the critical skills necessary to unlocking its secrets and explaining them to others. It is impossible to study the whole of history and this A level course offers the flexibility to choose from a large number of units. This enables us to study periods of history that we feel are best suited to our students and best fit the expertise of the staff delivering the course.

All students will complete four units; two in Year 12 and two in Year 13. The first three of these units are assessed by examination and are under the headings of:

  • Change and consolidation
  • Historical issues, periods of change
  • The State and the people The fourth unit (Historical Enquiry) is a coursework piece completed in Year 13.

    There may be the opportunity for a number of field trips at the end of Year 12 or early in Year 13 to the Imperial War Museum, London as well as the IWM in Duxford, Cambridgeshire to see the development of machine warfare. There will also be visits to local Universities to access their libraries and relevant lectures and to the National Cold War Exhibition at RAF Cosford.


    This course is made up of two units of study. The History department has chosen units on ‘USA, 1890 to 1945’ and ‘A sixties social revolution?’


    The remainder of the A level course is made up of a further two units of study, one of which is a coursework piece where there is flexibility for students to follow their own lines of enquiry. The other unit chosen by the History department is ‘Aspects of International Relations, 1945–2004’ .

  • Entry requirements

    Students must achieve at least a grade B in GCSE History or a grade B in GCSE English Literature.

    How to apply

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

    Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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    Key information

    • Start date: Next September
    • Duration: 2 years