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History A-Level at Kendrick Academy

Course description

History forms an important part of education in general and it is often claimed that an awareness of the past makes one better informed for the present. Studying History in the Sixth Form allows students to examine historical periods in greater depth than in previous years, enabling them to debate controversial topics in more detail than at GCSE level. History is a consistently popular subject in the Sixth Form at Kendrick. Most students complete the full A Level qualification. Each year, a number of students go on to study History at university, including Oxbridge.

Course content

The A Level course, similarly to the current GCSE syllabus, mostly focuses on modern history, but studies societies which are new to students to present a fresh challenge. The course includes sections of essay-writing; analysis and evaluation of contemporary source material and historians’ interpretations, building on skills introduced in earlier years. Subject to confirmation, we intend to teach the A Level syllabus offered by the OCR exam board.

Two units will be studied by both A Level and AS Level students:

  •  Modern Britain, 1930-1997, including a source-based study of Winston Churchill, 1930-51
  •  The French Revolution and the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte, 1774-1815

Two additional units will be studied by A Level students only:

  •  Russia and its Rulers, 1855-1964
  •  A coursework essay of 3000-4000 words, worth 20% of the qualification, where students will have some choice of topic



Unit 1 - examination, 25% of A Level, 1 hour 30 minutes long

Unit 2 - examination, 15% of A Level, 1 hour long

Unit 3 - examination, 40% of A Level, 2 hours 30 minutes long

Unit 4 - coursework: one essay of 3000-4000 words.

Future opportunities

  •  History retains its status as a very well respected qualification by universities and employers. The academic nature of the subject means that universities value History highly when offering places to students on a wide range of courses. History is frequently studied in combination with certain subjects such as English and Geography, where similar skills in reading, analytical thinking and writing are developed. History is also studied by students aiming to apply for medical courses who wish to show that their skills and interests extend beyond the sciences.
  •  As an academic and respected A Level option, History allows students a large degree of choice about potential career paths, and the skills of analytical thinking and writing which it develops are highly valued by employers. Careers for History students commonly include law, journalism, civil service, politics, heritage (museums, galleries, etc.), academic research, genealogy (family history) and education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kendrick Academy directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years