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History A level at Langley Park School for Girls

Course description

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in History consists of three externally examined papers and coursework. The course is linear and all assessment happens at the end of the A Level in Year 13.

Course content

The topics studies are:

Depth Topics:

  •  Radical reformers, c1790-1819
  •  Chartism, c1838-1850
  •  Contagious Diseases Act and the campaign for their repeal, 1862-1886
  •  The Women’s Social and Political Union, 1903-1914
  •  Trade union militancy, 1917-1927

Breadth Topics:

  •  Reform of parliament
  •  Changing influences in parliament: the impact of parliamentary reform


Entry requirements

Grade 6 or above in GCSE History or in a related Humanities subject is required. Please be aware that this is a minimum requirement. You should have good written English.

Skills required:

A historian needs to enquire beyond the obvious and the superficial. You will need to think, to listen, to read and, above all, to write analytically. You should have a grade B or higher in GCSE English Language. A willingness to interpret historical information, and the ability then to express your findings, whether in discussion, or in writing, are required. You should be able to analyse and to evaluate historical sources and interpretations.


Unit 1: Written Examination, Paper 1: Breadth of Study, Option 1F: In search of the American Dream: the USA, Examination: 2 hours 15 mins, Essay questions, Weighting 30%

Unit 2: Written Examination, Paper 2: Depth Study, Option 2F.2: South Africa, 1948-94: from aprtheid state to rainbow nation, Examination: 1 hour 30 mins, Essay and source-based questions, Weighting 20%

Unit 3: Written Examination, Paper 3: Themes in breadth with aspects in depth, Option 36.1: Protest, agitation and parlimentary reforn in Britain, c1780-1928, Examination: 2 hours 15 mins, Essay and source based questions, Weighting 30%

Unit 4: Coursework, Interpretations of the Russian Revolution, Coursework essay based on historical interpretations. One peice of extended writing 3,000-4,000 words, Weighting 20%

Future opportunities

Success in History, at all levels, indicates an ability to present an argument (written or verbal) and to consider all the implications of complex issues. Such abilities are the foundation for any career which provides its own additional, specialist training. This explains why those with history qualifications are found not only in the more obvious areas of history teaching, archives and museum administration, but also, in greater numbers than ever, in the law, computing, the financial services, advertising, marketing, publishing, politics and so on. Any History qualification enhances employability and makes you more interesting too!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Langley Park School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2017
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