A Level History

Gumley House School


A Level History

Studying History at A Level

Introduction by A Level Subject Specialist

Hear from the Students:

Exam BoardEdexcel
Expected Entry Criteria:  Grade 6 or above in GCSE History

Why study this course?
If you study History here at Gumley, you will be respected by many universities and employers as it develops your skills of analysis and evaluation. We will also teach you to deal with conflicting data as well as strengthen your communication skills through debate. Our History students have gone on to be TV presenters, lawyers, accountants and work in business and government. The world is your oyster with History!

What will I learn?

The course is designed to be exciting and engaging. Throughout your A Level you will learn about a range of varied and intriguing topic areas that we hope will spark your interest in History. Your first year’s study of life in Germany will be
complemented by studying Mussolini’s fascist dictatorship in Italy. In the second year there is a compulsory British Unit looking at the rebellions faced by the Tudor monarchs. You will also get the opportunity to select a topic that interests you
and undertake an independent historical enquiry; perhaps something that might have interested you throughout the course or a topic that you might have developed an interest in previously.

How will I be taught?

We aim to incorporate a range of styles into our teaching and your learning. This might include roleplay, group work, presentations, film and lectures as well as individual reading, research and writing. We aim to supplement your learning with appropriate visits and excursions.

How many hours a week private study will I have?

You will be expected to complete around six hours of independent work a week.

You’ll enjoy this course if…

You are interested in finding out how History influences and explains the modern world.

Course Description
Module 1:  Germany & West Germany 1918—1989
Module 2:  The rise and fall of Fascism in Italy c 1911–1946
Module 3:  Rebellion and Disorder under the Tudors 1485–1603
Module 4:  Historical Interpretations coursework Assessment

Paper 1
Breadth study with interpretations
External written examination, 30% of A Level

Paper 2
: Depth study
External written examination, 20% of A Level

Paper 3
: Themes in breadth, with aspects in depth
External written examination, 30% of A Level

Paper 4: Coursework
Internally assessed, externally moderated, 20% of A Level

For more information, contact Mr C Rance