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A Level History at Bournemouth School for Girls

Course description

To be ignorant of what happened before you were born is to be forever a
child.' Cicero.

Studying History has far more uses than you may imagine. Many employers are only too willing to accept people with a History qualification at either A level or degree level, particularly Business, Commerce, Management Training, Personnel, the Civil Service, Accountancy, the Legal Profession or Retailing. This is because studying History enables you to develop skills of analysis, logical thinking, powers of deduction and formulation of ideas and arguments. These are just the sort of skills that all employers are looking for. In fact, the senior recruiting officer for one of the major banks once admitted that they were looking for people with a background in History – in preference to any other subject!

Finally, if you enjoyed GCSE History, you will enjoy History at A level even more!

Course content

AS Level

UNIT 1 British Period Study and Enquiry Description of Subject Content

Y105 England 1445-1509 : 
Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII 
(Enquiry Topic – Wars of the Roses 1445 – 1461)


UNIT 2 Non-British Period Study Description of Subject Content

Y223 The Cold War in Europe 1941-1995

A2 Level


UNIT 3 Thematic Study and Historical Interpretations Description of Subject Content

Y319 Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992


UNIT 4 Description of Subject Content

An independently researched 3000 – 4000 word essay analysing different perspectives using a range of primary and secondary sources

Entry requirements

We like students doing History to have at least a grade B at GCSE. However, some students in certain circumstances join the course without having studied GCSE History but they should have at least a grade B in English. We particularly welcome those students who are quite well organised, able to work independently and who have plenty of enthusiasm!

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 Bournemouth School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2015
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