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History Edexcel A Level 'Fees payable' at Hethersett Old Hall School

Course description

History is one of the most fascinating subjects a person can study. It is the story of mankind and all that has come before us to shape how we live today. History is a subject that encourages and supports pupils using the skills of analysis, evaluation and explanation in a concise and cohesive style.

If you enjoy reading stories, exploring castles, debating or asking “why?” then this is the subject for you. Where else can you link in the childhood fairy tales you know so well with popular fiction and

current debate to work out why witches were seen as a problem and why some castles are round but others are square? Did Richard III really kill the Princes in the Tower? Why did King John sign the

Magna Carta? How did France come to be a leader in revolution? And what do jelly babies have to do with world peace? If you study A Level history you could find out!

Course content

The A Level course requires you to take three examined papers and write one extended essay that is marked in school. The examined papers cover many periods but current popular choices are

The Crusades, Anglo Saxon England, and Henry V’s empire. For the 4000 word essay taken at the end of the course you can write on a subject of your choice that could cover anything from the Wars of the Roses to sixteenth century witch hunting, or from modern Russia or China to the effects of social media.

Entry requirements

There is no requirement to have GCSE history. Good passes in (I)GCSE English are useful.


The exams are all 2 hours and 15 minutes long but carry different weightings.

Financial information

ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.  

Future opportunities

History underpins and adds fresh insights to all other subject domains. After two absorbing years of study you will have acquired empathetic, organisational and evaluative skills vital for the next step towards a career in journalism, politics, the law, teaching, human resources, engineering and languages to name a few – the list is endless!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hethersett Old Hall School directly.

Last updated date: 06 October 2016
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    • Welcome to Hethersett Old Hall School Sixth Form, the part of the school that prepares girls aged 16-18 for their public examinations at  A Level and their future lives at university and beyond.

      The Sixth Form represents an important period of transition: from a broad GCSE curriculum to the narrower A Level one, from school to university and from childhood to adulthood. Our aim is to make these transitions as smooth as possible by equipping girls with the relevant study and life skills to navigate through the changes they will face in a rapidly-changing society.

      In academic terms, our small, single-sex classes play a huge part in this. The staff-pupil relationship is enhanced by a university-style tutor-student relationship and rapport is noticeably strong as a result. Your daughter will be challenged to excel and able to progress at a pace that suits her natural learning style.

      At the start of Year 13, the UCAS university application process begins in earnest. Sixth Form tutors are knowledgeable and experienced in the university application process and will explore career options with your daughter on a one to one basis. Tutors’ detailed knowledge of their tutees means that girls receive meaningful advice on developing a strong personal statement for UCAS applications. Former pupils have been offered places on a diverse range of courses at top universities including medicine at Oxford and scholarships to the London School of Fashion; the main benefit, however, is that every sixth former will be guided in choosing the right courses for her interests and ability.

      In preparation for university and adulthood, your daughter will be able to enjoy a greater sense of independence and responsibility afforded in part by separate Sixth Form facilities. These include a spacious common room and kitchen, a study room, careers library and separate boarding areas. Sixth formers are expected to lead by example and play a role in wider school life, be that mentoring younger pupils or organising charity and house events. In return, our Sixth Form enrichment programme enables them to experience activities ranging from very practical car mechanics workshops to more creative synchronised swimming sessions in the school pool!

      Pupils in our sixth form grow in confidence and maturity over the two years; they leave us with life-long friends and all the necessary qualifications and skills to succeed in life. The happy faces on results day speak volumes about the quality of the sixth form experience at our school.