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History at The King Edmund School

Course description

Have you ever wondered how we got to where we are today? Where does your iPad, XBox or PS4 originate from? The History department believes that through our knowledge and understanding of the past, we can better understand the present. This is especially important as you gain a greater understanding of the world around you - locally, nationally and internationally.

Course content

At A Level, you will develop skills in extended writing, reading, source analysis, and critical thinking. You are encouraged to think, argue and question so you can reach your own reasoned judgements about the past. Topics covered will be ‘Germany and West Germany 1918 -89’, ‘The Rise and Fall of Fascism in Italy 1911–46’, ‘The British Experience of Warfare 1790–1918’ and a coursework unit based on your own individual interests.


Examinations will take place at the end of the course and will total six hours for three units. The fourth unit, coursework, will be a topic based essay; you will complete a 3000-4000 word essay on a topic of your choice, which may arise out of content studied elsewhere in the course. This is an internally assessed unit (20% of A Level).

Future opportunities

This course will complement other A Level courses, which could lead onto higher education in history or related subjects such as English, American studies, politics, archaeology or more general courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to history by seeking employment in areas of heritage, such as working for a museum, or within education as a teacher. You could also go straight into a job as the A Level is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across a range of industries are looking for.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 August 2016

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