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History A Level at Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School

Course description

What is the course about?

The A-Level syllabus is an engaging and relevant course which covers a range of topics from 19th and 20th Century British, European and World History. Papers 1 and 2 will be studied primarily in Year 12 will focus on 20th Century German and Italian history in depth. Paper 3 will be primarily studied in Year 13 and will focus on a breath investigation exploring political, social and economic developments in Britain from 1780-1928. Finally, the students will also complete a coursework assignment whereby the students are expected to identify, explore and comment on an historical controversy of their choice, in this way the students can fully engage with an area of history in which they are especially interested.

For whom is the course suitable?

The course is suitable for any student who has interest in the past and/or who likes to engage with complex, controversial and emotive issues. The key entrance requirements that students need are a grade 6 in GCSE History as well as enthusiasm, a good work ethic and an enquiring mind. A number of candidates have picked up history in Year 12 despite not having a GCSE and have gone on to perform very well at A-Level.  We recommend these students have a grade 6, or above, in English Literature.

Teaching Methods and Homework commitment:

All lessons will focus on, or build up to, one of the key examination related questions. In lessons students will be expected to complete written, reading and discussion based tasks and assignments. Whilst teacher input is paramount the students are encouraged, and expected, to develop their independent study skills. Students will be set homework on a regular basis; the core homework assignments will be the completion of exam-style essays although research and reading tasks will also be set to support the development of course content understanding.

What could I go on to do at the end of the course?

History is one of the most respected academic subjects amongst universities. In a recent document released by the Russell Group of universities History was described as one of the ‘facilitating subjects’ (a subject which allows you to do any subject at the most prestigious universities in the country). In light of this History enables you to study any subject at university including Law, Philosophy, English and even Medicine and its associated sciences, as well as History itself of course. s well as the opportunity to work in subject specific occupations, History graduates are found working in Law, media, banking and business sectors. For some professions it is the actual study of the past which is deemed important, for others it is the method of study, the breath of outlook, the ability to handle and analyse evidence, the understanding of motives and cause and effect which make the historian an attractive asset in the job market.

Method of Study and Assessment:

ALevel Course

Paper 1 – Germany & West Germany 1918-1989

Political changes, opposition, economic and social shifts in the period engaging with the historical controversy 'How far was Hitler's foreign policy responsible for the Second World War?'


Paper 2 –The collapse of the Liberal State and the Triumph of Fascism in Italy 1896-1945.

Examining the collapse of liberal Italy and the rise & dictatorship of Mussolini

Paper 3 - Protest, Agitation and Parlimentary Reform in Britain 1780-1928

Examining specific aspects of British political, economic and social history culminating in indepth investigations.

Coursework - An investigation which examines, explains and analyses conflicting


Paper 1 – Germany   Written Paper – 2 hours 15 minutes—30% of A Level

Paper 2– Italy             Written Paper – 1 hour 30 minutes—20% of A Level

Paper 3– Britain          Written Paper – 2 housr 15 minutes—30% of A Level

Coursework                  20% of A Level





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Entry requirements

See Prospectus on school website for details

How to apply

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Last updated date: 09 October 2018
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