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History A Level at St Paul's Catholic School

Course description

History is the study of the past, of how and why things have happened, of individuals, of everyday life in different societies and so much more. History can be fascinating and thought provoking and leads to a series of conclusions about the nature of nations and people that help us understand the world and societies in which we live. So much of major significance has occurred recently, including the Arab-Israeli Conflict and the War on Terror, which can only be fully understood in its historical perspective.

Course content

We are awaiting the accreditation from Ofqual of all the new A level History specifications and as such more specific course details will be available on the Post 16 open evening.

The new A level course has to study more than one country, cover more than 200 years of History and have at least 20% British History content. Regardless of course choice, assessment at A level will consist of examinations at the end of Year 13. These will comprise extended essay answers, source work analysis and detailed topic knowledge.

There will also be one piece of independently written coursework that is between 3000 and 4000 words – it is envisaged that this will be completed during Year 13 to ensure all candidates can fully use their developed historical skills.

Through studying the chosen modules students will gain a coherent knowledge of the past both within and across the topics and in particular focus on how and why societies change.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C grades at GCSE or their equivalent. Ideally, these should include either Geography or History.


Exams and coursework.

Future opportunities

Historians are regarded as having had an education that trains their minds to assemble, organise and present facts and opinions and this is a very useful quality in many walks of life and careers.

History is excellent preparation for many careers including law, journalism, teaching, media and business. Students of A-level History are highly respected by universities and both the public and private sector.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Paul's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 10 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years