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History A Level at Burford School and Community College

Course description

History fires the imagination and opens a fascinating window into different cultures and civilisations. Studying History will equip you with a wide range of transferable skills including the ability to critically evaluate evidence, structure coherently argued essays and debate effectively. History is held in high esteem both in terms of further education and employment. The Russell Group (24 of the country’s leading universities) consider History to be a core “facilitating” subject that provides good preparation for a wide range of degree courses. Studying History will offer you an extensive range of opportunities including pursuing careers in law, politics, archaeology, museums, teaching, media, journalism, lecturing, publishing and the Civil Service.

Course content

Breadth Study with Interpretations
Option 1D: Britain, c1785–c1870: Democracy, Protest and Reform
2 hour 15 minute exam
30% of A Level
60 Marks
Depth Study
Option 2D.2: The Unification of Germany, c1840–71
1 hour 30 minute exam
20% of A Level
40 Marks
Themes in Breadth with Aspects in Depth
Option 39.1: Civil rights and race relations in the USA, 1850–2009
2 hour 15 minute exam
30% of A Level
60 Marks
Coursework – Students Choose Period/Focus of Study
The purpose of the coursework unit is to enable students to develop skills in the
analysis and evaluation of interpretations of history. The focus is on understanding
the nature and purpose of the work of the historian.
3,000-4,000 word essay
20% of A Level
40 Marks

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE History and Grade 4 in GCSE English Language. If students have not studied History at GCSE - Grade 6 in GCSE English Language is required.

Future opportunities

History is a challenging and engaging subject which requires academic vigour as well as independent thinking and enthusiasm. The process of historical inquiry will involve students developing their abilities to critically analyse, develop a questioning and inquisitive nature and the ability to evaluate sources and interpretations.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 December 2017