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History A Level at Holy Family Catholic School

Course description

History asks “How did things get to be this way?” Through historical research, students will recognise complicated events and explore the causes that led to it as well as the consequences. At the same time, students will recognise that there are far more opinions of the past that meets the eye. This allows students to study different historiographical opinions of events and develop skills to make their own informed judgement. From analysis of sources, students will question the usefulness of the source alongside their own knowledge. Ultimately, students will become clear thinkers and articulate speakers, and possess the ability to analyse and explain problems.

Course content

Unit 1: In search of the American Dream: the USA, c1970-96 Changing political environment, Civil Rights movement, Social Change and the quality of life.

Unit 2 – South Africa, 1948-94: from apartheid state to ‘rainbow nation’ Responses to the apartheid, Consolidation of National Party power, Resistance to National Party, End of the apartheid and creation of a ‘unified’ country.

Unit 3- Ireland and the Union, c1777-1923 Struggle for constitutional change, 1774-1923, Societies in change – how life in Ireland changed with a focus on emancipation, Irish Famine, land issue and working and living conditions.

Unit 4- Historical enquiry Independent research project.

Entry requirements

GCSE Average: 5.5, GCSE Grade B in English, Grade B in History.


Unit 1: 2 hours and 15 minute exam 30% of A Level.

Unit 2: 1 hour and 30 minutes exam 20% of A Level.

Unit 3: 2 hours and 15 minutes exam 30% of A Level.

Unit 4: Coursework exam 20% of A Level.

Future opportunities

History provides students with skills to be analytical which is highly regarded by universities and employers. Whilst it is an in-depth course of which students need to do a lot of own reading, the topic material engages students thus motivating them. History enables students to access a wide range of subjects at university. Aside from History, students can pursue courses in geography, medicine, social sciences and any subject that requires skills to analyse. Students are also equipped for careers such as teaching, marketing, PR, law, medicine, publishing and research.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Family Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years