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History A Level at Community School

Course description

The study of history offers a unique perspective on the world by studying its relatively recent past. The course covers aspects of political, social and economic history with a focus on student involvement as well as independent study

By the end of your course you will have learned how to communicate complex ideas effectively, to evaluate and analyse information together with weighing up information. These skills are recognised and valued by employers, universities and colleges.

Course content

Year 12
- Breadth paper - Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855-1917
- Depth paper - The making of Modern Britain, 1951 - 1979

Year 13
- Breadth paper - Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855-1964
- Depth paper - The making of Modern Britain, 1951 - 2007
- Personal study - Students own choice to cover a period of 100 years; this is 20% of the A Level.

Entry requirements

Students should have a minimum grade C in GCSE
History. However, students have taken History A Level without previously studying the subject at GCSE. In this case an English grade 6 (B) or above is required.


Year 12
- 2 x 90 minute exam.
- Each comprises a compulsory source based question and 1 essay from a choice of 2.

Year 13
- 2 x 150 minute exam.
- Each comprises 1 compulsory source question and 2 essays from a choice of 3.
- Coursework study of between 3000 and 3500 words containing evidence of source use.

Future opportunities

- To continue studying History at university or related subjects such as Politics, English Literature, Economics or Journalism.
- The study of History at A Level develops a number of skills relevant for a range of employers. These skills include the ability to research, analyse and present arguments which are well supported.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 May 2017

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