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History A Level at Copleston High School

Course description

Students will study a mixture of Tudor and Modern History. The Tudor course starts at Henry VIIs reign and continues to Elizabeth I. Students will focus on: Tudor Government, assessing its effectiveness both domestically and internationally; Foreign Policy, evaluating how relations changed with foreign powers; Society and Economy, assessing how English society and economy change; Intellectual and religious changes; understanding the role of Catholicism and Protestantism within Tudor England and Europe. The Cold War course consists of a study on international relations during an era of tension between communist and capitalist powers which threatened nuclear Armageddon. It explores concepts such as communism and anti-communism, aggression and détente and encourages students to reflect on the power of modern military technology. Students will also have to complete a coursework assessment which focusses around an historical debate.

Course content

Students will be taught in a varied range of teaching and learning styles enabling them to
interrogate source material and build arguments based on evidence. There is a focus on
independent learning and the challenging expectation for students to undertake a high
level of reading around the subject areas and to conduct their own research.

Entry requirements

4 AS levels – at least 5 grade Bs or equivalent in different GCSEs or other Level 2 courses. 3 AS levels – at least 5 grade Cs or equivalent in different GCSEs or other Level 2 courses. In addition, at least a grade C in History at GCSE. AQA History A Level.


History comprises of a mixture of internally assessed coursework, equating to 20% of the final course, with a further two externally assessed examinations taken in June of Year 13 equating to 80% of the final grade. The coursework and the examinations will test students’ ability to develop an historical argument and the use of source analysis.
Students who have been entered for the A course will also be entered for the AS course
automatically. AS examinations will take place in May of Year 12 and A2 examinations will take place June Year 13.

Further information

History is a highly regarded subject and our students have gone on to study the subject
at Oxford and Cambridge University. Students develop a number of transferable skills that open doors to university courses in Law, Politics, International Relations, Archaeology, Criminology and Journalism.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 October 2016
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