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History A Level at Abbeyfield School

Course description

History supplies students with important transferable skills that will be looked for by potential employers. Universities also like students with History A level, especially when students are applying for courses such as Law and Journalism.

Course content

- During the AS course students will study Britain during the Tudors, examining how Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary, with their different problems and personalities, controlled the country. Germany is the other main topic with students studying the period from Hitler coming to power through to the division of Germany after WW2 and the impact this had on society.

- In year 13, the coursework will focus on Elizabeth I and how she managed to stabilise the country after taking control. The examined unit will focus on how Americans improved their civil rights from the end of the civil war until 1992. Students will find out about women’s rights and native Americans, as well as the struggle for the rights of black Americans.

- Lessons come in a number of forms such as debating, producing displays and source analysis. Above all History attempts to produce lessons where students enjoy learning whilst being stretched and challenged to really make progress in their ability to analyse information and come to their own conclusions about areas of controversy over the periods studied.

Entry requirements

Minimum B grade at GCSE; Grade C in English 

Students need to be confident of their own opinions. They must be prepared to ask questions and analyse events. Above all, they should be prepared to come to lessons in a positive frame of mind ready to enjoy themselves whilst learning.


AS; 2 exams
A2; 1 exam and one piece of coursework

Future opportunities

History is a qualification that universities like to see as it shows a student’s ability to analyse and evaluate events. It trains people to view both sides of arguments. University courses such as Law and Criminology see History A level as vital.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 March 2016
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