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History A Level at Pensby High School

Course description

The GCE Advanced Level History qualification is designed to build on the skills developed at GCSE level. The course is split into four units of work studied over two years leading to a full GCE A’ Level. Students may choose to study only the first two units in the first year leading to a GCE AS History qualification.

The course is delivered through a variety of means including directed teaching, group presentations, paired work, independent student research, the use of audio-visual material and note-taking. Students are encouraged to read around the subject and enter into debate about what is being studied.

The content of the course varies according to the Pathway chosen. Detailed below in the section “What will I learn?” is a detailed breakdown of the Units studied depending on whether History Pathway A or History Pathway B is chosen.

Entry requirements

A GCSE pass of at least a C grade and preferably a B grade in History. Consideration will also be given to a strong performance in a different humanities subject and English. A genuine interest in History is essential, with the expectation to read around the subject and take an interest in current affairs. The ability to make notes, make use of sources and construct arguments is also required.


Units 1, 2 and 3 are assessed by an external examination. Unit 4 is an internally assessed and externally moderated coursework unit comprising two extended essays totalling 4000 words.

Future opportunities

History helps to develop a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by universities and employers. These include the ability to present an argument, handling and synthesising complex information, report writing and social awareness.

There are many courses and careers in which having studied History can make a very important contribution.

  • Courses – Social Studies, Government and Politics, American and European Studies, Art, Business, Economics, law, Architecture, etc.
  • Careers – Civil Service, law, teaching, social work, archive and museum work, broadcasting and the media, the police, architecture, local government, heritage industry, leisure and recreational management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Pensby High School directly.

Last updated date: 24 September 2015
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