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History A-Level at Christ's College Finchley

Course description

The History Department at Christ’s College offers the chance to explore in depth many significant periods of History and develop the skills of essay writing and source analysis.

At A Level, we follow the OCR syllabus and at AS Level we study two topics:

  • Germany 1933-63 and
  • The Coming of the Civil War 1603-42,

While at A2 Level we study:

  • Russia 1855-1964 and
  • The impact of Thatcher for the coursework element as well as an open study that permits students to study an area of history of their own choosing.

The German and Russian units build on knowledge gained at GCSE and they afford the pupils a chance to delve more deeply into a fascinating period of history. The Coming of the Civil War provides an interesting comparison with Russia with regard to issues of absolutist monarchy in two different countries at different times, while the Thatcher unit helps put more recent political developments in their context. The unit involving their own choice allows students to develop skills of research and self-sustained learning they will require of they proceed to university after 6th form.

Entry requirements

For studying at Advanced Level

Applicants must achieve a minimum average GCSE score of 40 points (where A* counts 58 points, A as 52, B as 46, C as 40, etc.).  Students who have studied at BTEC Level 2 must have achieved a high Merit grade as a minimum.  In addition there are GCSE requirements for individual subjects, where they are oversubscribed. Where subjects are oversubscribed, places will be offered to students in rank order of their average point score.

Subject specific requirements

A Grade B is the normal requirement in the subject you wish to study at Advanced Level but a Grade B does not guarantee acceptance on to the course.  Where a course is under-subscribed consideration will be given to those candidates who marginally fail to meet the entry requirements.

For the History A-Level specifically you must achieve the following:


GCSE History - C

GCSE English - C

GCSE - B in a written subject*

*Written subjects at GCSE = English Language, English Literature, History, Business Studies, Geography, RE, Humanities, Sociology, Economics, Media Studies and Classical Civilisation.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ's College Finchley directly.

Last updated date: 11 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years