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Ms J L Hamill (Headteacher)
45-65 Oaks Lane, Newbury Park
Ilford, IG2 7PQ

A-Level History

Examining Body: EDEXCEL Specification No: GCE History 2015


Entry Requirements:

Grade 6 in GCSE History (if studied). If History is not studied Grade 6 in any of the following GCSEs: Sociology, Geography, Religious Education, English Language or Literature.

Synopsis of Content:

The course develops a critical understanding of the past, through the acquisition of a body of historical knowledge. Students have an opportunity to study a variety of periods and topics in English, European, American and South African history. These offer the opportunity to study history in length and breadth as well as depth, to develop expertise in various skills (general as well as historical) and to acquire and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the periods studied. The underlying emphasis across the whole of the two years is in identifying the mechanisms responsible for historical events, conflicts and change.

Year 12   1F In search of the American Dream: the USA, c1917–96


Year 12      2F.2 South Africa, 1948–94: from apartheid state to ‘rainbow nation’


Year 13     F5 (35.2)


The British experience of warfare, c1790–1918
Year 13 Coursework

Unit 04

Nazi Germany, 1933-45

Assessment Methods / Teaching Methods and Resources

A variety of teaching and learning strategies are employed throughout the course during lessons. Students should expect to undertake group work, compose presentations (using ICT), write essays and conduct research. Students MUST be prepared to undertake research and reading in a self-directed manner. The department and school library are resourced with all primary and supplementary texts approved by the exam board. Assessment of final grade is accounted for through three examinations (80%) and coursework (20%)

Suitability for Combination

History combines well with any subject combination offered in the Sixth Form. Any student with a serious interest in matters historical would gain much benefit from the course. There is, however, a clear and complementary affinity with social sciences subjects such as Politics.

Progression to Higher Education / Vocational Destinations

As an academic subject History is well regarded by universities and employers, not least because it facilitates writing and critical thinking skills. ‘A’ level history offers a wide range of opportunities in academia and the world of work – archaeology, business management, the Civil Service, drama, journalism, law, research, archival work, librarianship, teaching and many more.

Ms R Sangha – History, Politics & Social Science Team Leader


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