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History A Level at Brimsham Green School

Course description

The course offered is an exciting and fascinating one! It provides you with an opportunity to learn about some of the most important events ever to have taken place and some of the most influential people ever to have lived.

Topics range from the dramatic changes in Russia at the beginning of the twentieth century, the extraordinary story of the civil rights movement in America, how and why the superpowers clashed after the end of the Second World War and what motivated people to travel by foot from Europe to the Holy Land to try and capture Jerusalem in the Middle Ages.

Closer to home, students could study the dramatic changes that took place under the Tudor dynasty and the significant political, economic and social developments that have shaped modern Britain.

All students will follow a depth study, a breadth study and complete a piece of coursework; as outlined below each centre will follow different topics. To comply with the new rules we must include topics from a chronological range of at least 200 years and a minimum of 20% British History.

Course content

Block:  A 
Depth Study: 2T The Making of Modern Britain, 1951–2007
Breadth Study: 1G Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855–1964
The Crusades
Block: C
Depth Study:  2S The Cold War, c1945–1991
Breadth Study: 1C The Tudors: England, 1485–1603

Coursework: students will design and study a question based on:

Block A: The Crusades

Block C: Civil Rights Movements in America



Students will sit two external exams at the end of Year 13, and will also complete a piece of coursework during Year 13.
• The two exams are each worth 40% of the total, and the coursework is worth 20%.

Future opportunities

History A-Level is a rewarding and fascinating area of study that can open doors throughout your future. In studying history you will not only learn about the past and how it has shaped the world today, but will also develop valuable analytical, evaluative and literacy skills that will help you wherever you go.

These skills are highly respected by business and other professions and will help you to pursue careers in journalism, law, management, marketing, media, accountancy, education and many others.

History is a very popular A Level subject at present, with recent students currently studying History at King’s College, London and Law at Cambridge to give but two examples from many.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 September 2016

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    • Welcome to Cotswold Edge, a collaboration of the three sixth forms of Brimsham Green School, Chipping Sodbury School and Yate International Academy. This new post 16 collaboration will broaden the curriculum offer and excellence in teaching and learning for the young people of the area.

      Through this partnership we are able to offer a wide range of academic and vocational qualifications, enabling students to select the courses which meet their needs and interests.

      We aim to provide a safe, secure and most importantly, stimulating environment in which to study.  We offer enthusiastic, dedicated teaching through staff who are equipped to provide you, the student, with excellent tuition in your chosen subject.

      Our sixth form collaboration ensures a personalised programme of support so that all young people can achieve their very best, in an environment where aspirations are high, levels of care, support and guidance are second to none and where excellence thrives.