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History A Level at Cleeve School

Course description

The course covers nearly 400 years of British and European History at a time of real change. It allows students to study change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period. The Germany unit will enable you to study people, politics, the economy, society and ideology. It will enable you to consider the following questions: How was Germany governed and how did- political authority change and develop? How effective was opposition? How and with what results did the economy develop and change? What was the extent of social and cultural change? How important were ideas and ideology? How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments? The British unit enables students to study a transformative period of British history, during which democratically elected government faced a series of challenges, both internally and externally, and British society underwent fundamental change. It develops concepts such as reform and retrenchment, patriotism and pacifism, social status and cultural values. It also encourages students to reflect on the process of economic and social change and the impact of that change for both governments and the people. The Tudor coursework will investigate key themes such as government, religion, foreign policy, society and the economy across the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward, Mary & Elizabeth I. It also enables students to consider issues of political authority, the power of individuals and the inter-relationship of governmental and economic and social change. It will allow students to pick up key skills of independent research and source analysis.

Course content

Breadth Study: The quest for political stability:
Germany, 1871–1991 (exam) 40%
Depth study: Wars to Welfare: Britain, 1906-1957
(exam) 40%; Tudors 1509-1603 (coursework) 20%

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved B grade at History GCSE or a 6 in English Literature GCSE if History GCSE has not been taken.


Two exams, both 2 hours 30 minutes in length. One piece of coursework – 3500 words. All assessed at the end of Year 13.

Future opportunities

Apart from being extremely enjoyable and enabling students to learn about the past-History also offers students the opportunity to acquire and improve on many of the key skills which have been identified as a priority for Higher Education and for employers. Studying History at A Level will provide you with the skills of independent research, argument, concise writing, lateral thinking & the ability to communicate effectively (both
verbal and written). The ideal graduate has recently been defined as someone who is adaptive, responsible and reflective, as well as having high level analytical and problem solving skills – all of which History A Level provides. It is an academic A Level and is highly regarded by Russell Group universities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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