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History Edexcel A Level at Littleover Community School

Course description

Qualities Required:

  • Students should have a genuine interest in the past.
  • Students should have the ability to analyse and a willingness to criticise and question information.
  • Students must be able to work independently.
  • Students should also have good literacy skills.

Course content

AS Level

Paper 1: The Crusades, c1095-1204 (Breadth Study)

  • Students explore the lives of medieval crusaders who chose to give up everything they knew to capture and control the Holy Land. They go on to look at the controversy surrounding the Fourth Crusade's diversion to Constantinople.

Paper 2: England and the Angevin Empire in the reign of Henry II, 1154-89 (Depth Study)

  • Students examine the reign of Henry II and his struggle to regain control of England and his Empire after a bitter civil war.


A Level

The exam covers the same content as the AS Paper 1 (2) but in a different and more challenging format.

Paper 3: Protest, agitation and parliamentary reform in Britain, c 1780-1928(breadth and Depth Study)

  • Students examine the pressure groups that campaigned and protested for the right to vote, and the successes they achieved.


  • Interpretations of History: The Causes of the First Crusade.

Entry requirements

Littleover Community School Sixth Form specialises in AS and A2 Level Courses - we do not offer any alternative/vocational courses. Regardless of which 'wave' of the ongoing A Level reforms each subject is in, we will expect all students to sit AS examinations at the end of Year 12 and A2 examinations at the end of Year 13.

We therefore expect all students to enrol to study 4 AS Levels in Year 12. Most students will then drop one subject at the end of Year 12 having completed the AS Level qualification, continuing with the other 3 to A2 level.

The minimum entry criteria for Littleover Community School Sixth Form is 5 A*-C/9-5 grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who achieve a grade 4 in Maths or English Language will be considered on an individual basis. However, the vast majority of our students will achieve 8 or more A*-C/9-5 grades with A*-8/9-6 in the subjects they wish to study at A Level. If students plan to study subjects that they have not studied at GCSE level we will expect A*-B/9-6 in subjects that have a similar skills set. 

Specific entry requirements:

GCSE graded A* - B in History.


Unit 1: Crusades

  • Written examination
  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • 30% of A Level Marks

Unit 2:  Angevin Empire

  • Written examination
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 20% of A Level Marks

Unit 3: Parliamentary Reform

  • Written examination
  • 2 hours l5 minutes
  • 30% of A Level Marks

Unit 4: Causes of The First Crusade May

  • Individual assignment of approximately 4,000 words at end of taught course
  • 20% of A Level Marks

Future opportunities

History is a good Prospects: subject for many degree courses across a wide range of subjects including Law: Business Studies; Economics; Social Sciences; and Educational Studies.

A History degree is a good preparation for a wide range of occupations such as:-

  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Marketing/Advertising
  • Public Service
  • Teaching
  • Accountancy
  • Management Consultancy
  • Architecture
  • Personnel

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2016

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    • Welcome to Littleover Community School Sixth Form and thank you for visiting our website. The Sixth Form was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in both of their most recent inspections when it was part of the highly successful Millennium Centre Post 16 Partnership along with Derby Moor Community Sports College.

      In September 2013 this partnership came to an end to enable Littleover Community School to deliver its own sixth form courses independently. This coincided with the opening of a brand new, purpose built sixth form centre. We have a reputation for academic excellence with students performing considerably higher than national averages year after year.

      Approximately 95% of our students go on to study at university having completed a range of AS and A level subjects. While we are proud of our high academic standards, we also recognise the importance of providing students with an enjoyable and enriching experience throughout their time in the Sixth Form.  We offer a wide range of enrichment sessions in addition to a detailed tutorial programme designed to broaden the experiences of students, develop students as well rounded individuals and prepare them thoroughly for life at university and beyond.

      For more information about the Sixth Form and what we offer please look at our current prospectus.