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A Level History at Ark St Alban's Academy

Course description

A Level History will help you to develop the skills to make judgements about the past as well as current world affairs. This course is suited to those who have an interest in modern history and want to integrate their knowledge with contemporary politics and international relations.


Students will be encouraged to be independent learners and there will be a range of teaching styles to promote this. For example, small group and pair work; discussion and debate; video; power-point and a Virtual Learning Environment. Students must be prepared to make detailed notes, prepare summaries, develop arguments and solve problems.

Course content

Unit 1 – A World Divided: Communism and Democracy in the 20th Century.

  • Ideology, Conflict and Retreat: The USA in Asia, 1950-73.
  • Politics, Presidency and Society in the USA, 1968 – 2001.

Unit 2 – Britain in the later 20th Century: Responding to Change.

  • British Political History 1945-90: Consensus and Conflict.

Unit 3 – War and Peace: 20th Century International Relations.

  • A World Divided: Superpower Relations, 1944-90.

Unit 4: Historical Enquiry.

  • Independent essay writing task that is internally assessed.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths


History GCSE grade B.


80% Exam

20% Coursework

Future opportunities

Studying... History is one of the most respected A level qualifications for university entry for the following courses: History, Law, Politics, English, Science related degrees – History is an ideal companion subject for those wanting to apply to science related degree courses as it complements and enhances logical thinking.

Careers... Law, Business and management, Civil Service

Further information


Essay writing is a key requirement of the course and indicates the need for a high level of literary ability. This should be taken into account when choosing the subject. The best students are those who, from the start of the course, follow a disciplined policy of background reading, both from books and journals.


How to apply

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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  • Start date: Next September