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A Level History at Wadebridge School

Course description

AS Level

  • Unit 1:  F962: Russia 1894—1941
    This module is examined using essay style questions
  • Unit 2:  F963: Churchill 1920—1945
    This module is examined using source based questions

Both modules are examined in June of Year 12

A2 Level

  • Unit 3:  F965: coursework module
    (i)  The War in Vietnam 1954—75
    (ii) The Independent Investigation

Part (i) of the module is a taught course and part (ii) is an investigation agreed with the student.

  • Unit 4:  F966: Civil Rights in the USA 1865—1992

Module F965 is submitted in Year 13 and F966 is examined in June of Year 13

Entry requirements

Students are required to reach the Wadebridge Sixth Form Level 3 entry criteria.  In addition, a B grade in GCSE History is required. Students who did not study History at GCSE can also be suitable for the course but it is recommended they have the minimum of a B grade in an equivalent Humanities subject such as Geography or EPR.


  • Activity based learning eg discussion, debate, peer teaching. 
  • Group work and presentations to class.
  • Textbooks and independent research.
  • Practising exam questions and exam technique.
  • Using websites and ‘activote’.
  • Visits and conferences where appropriate.

Future opportunities

An A level in History is regarded as an excellent measure of academic ability and is widely respected by employers. The subject gives students the means to develop their personal confidence by expressing views and opinions, the skills of reasoning, analysis and debate and the opportunity to develop literacy skills. It is a subject which compliments all other subject areas that students study at A level very well and is one of the key qualifications that professions, such as the law, journalism, teaching and administration would expect to see in their candidates.  Among the most successful people in the fields of business, politics, law and even entertainment have History qualifications and it is among the most popular subjects taken nationally at both A and degree level. As a result of the introduction of an English Baccalaureate at GCSE, it is expected that demand for History will increase.

Further information

Independent Study Time: 
It is important that History students at A level develop a broad knowledge of the context of the modules they are studying, for example, the module on Churchill will require a sound understanding of not just his life but also the times he lived in and the key events of the period. This means students must read around the subject in their independent study time. This can include reading relevant articles in ’History Review’, browsing the internet, collecting newspaper articles and discussion at home.  A good understanding can be gained through watching T.V. programmes or films and reading novels or biographies about the periods you will study.

Homework will be set regularly and will include practice examination questions. These will be used to assess progress.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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