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History A Level at Brookfield Community School

Course description

A-Level History is a well-respected and highly valued subject that offers a qualification rooted in academic rigour. You will be taught about varied, dynamic and interesting time periods in British and international history by highly qualified and experienced staff who are passionate about the subject and the topics covered. You will also be taught to analyse and reflect upon historical sources in much more detail than you have at GCSE.

Course content

The content of the course will be divided into three units, two of which are studied at AS-Level. These units develop the theme of liberty in the 17th, 19th and 20th centuries. The A-Level compromises a breadth study, depth study and piece of individually researched coursework.

Unit 1 – The British Empire The breadth study comprises an investigation of the British Empire in the 19th and 20th centuries, the reasons for its expansion and contraction and the effect that it had in shaping Britain between this time period and the places it controlled.

Unit 2 – The English Revolution The depth study comprises an investigation of England in the 17th century. Students explore issues such as the kingship of Charles I, the origins, causes, events and consequences of the English Civil War, England as a republic under Oliver Cromwell and the re-establishment of the monarchy under Charles II.

Unit 3 – Historical Enquiry (Only done with A-Level qualification) For their coursework, students investigate the fight and campaign for African-American civil rights in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Entry requirements

To study the subject at A level you will need to achieve at least a grade C in History and will have at least a grade C in English Language. For students who have not studied the subject at GCSE, a minimum of a grade C in English is required.


Unit 1 = 1hr 30mins exam worth 50% of AS-Level taken at end of Year 12
Unit 2 = 1hr 30mins exam worth 50% of AS-Level taken at end of Year 12

Unit 1 = 2hr 30mins examination worth 40% of A-Level taken at the end of Year 13
Unit 2 = 2hr 30mins examination worth 40% of A-Level taken at the end of Year 13
Unit 3 = 3000-4000 word piece of individually researched and written coursework worth 20% of A-Level produced throughout Year 13.

Future opportunities

History is a demanding but well respected and valued qualification that offers a vast amount of transferable skills. It involves people and it involves analysing and evaluating evidence. It helps provide a foundation for a wide range of career and higher education opportunities in areas such as journalism, law, management, marketing, broadcasting, town planning, tourism, public relations, teaching, banking, conservation, politics and archaeology. Many of our A Level students have gone on to study History at university and other places of Higher Education where History can be studied as a single subject or combined with other subjects such as Law, Politics, Geography, Economics, Social Studies, Sociology, Psychology, American Studies and English.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 June 2015

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