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History A Level at Bishop Stopford's School

Course description

History is a popular and successful subject choice within the Sixth Form. During this course, students are provided with the opportunity to attend conferences led by professional historians to enhance their knowledge and skills in preparation for their exams and university.

Studying History provides students with the valuable skills to write up reports, carry out research and analyse information. History prepares students for careers in law, journalism, research, teaching, marketing, librarianship, museum work and various administrative roles.

Course content

At AS Level students will study 2 units of History.


Paper 1, Option 1H: Britain Transformed, 1918–97

2hr 15 min

The paper comprises units covering:

• A changing political environment – Government and the workplace

• Creating a welfare state – Second World War and NHS

• Society in transition – Class, Women and changes to morality

• The Changing quality of life – immigration and ethnic minorities

• What impact did Thatcher’s government have on Britain?


Paper 2, Option 2H.2: The USA, 1955–92: Conformity and Challenge

1hr 30 min

The paper comprises units covering:

• Affluence and conformity (1955-62)- Class and the civil rights movement

• Protest and reaction (1963-72) – Civil rights and poverty

• Social and Political challenge (1973 – 80) – Economic and popular culture change

• Republican dominance (1981-1992) – Regan and Bush presidency.


At A2 Level students will study a further two units.


Paper 3, The Witch Craze in Britain, Europe and North America, c1580–c1750

2hr 15min

The paper comprises units covering:

• Changing attitudes to witchcraft – existence and growth of scepticism

• The wider intellectual context – scientific beliefs and understanding

• World Wide Witch Hunts – North Berwick, Lancashire, Germany, Salem

• Frauds.


Paper 4, Coursework Unit: Civil Rights in America

This is will be completed in class and will be 3000-4000 words in length.

Entry requirements

At least Grade B in GCSE History

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Stopford's School directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016

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