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Farlingaye High School


History at A Level             Politics at A Level           




Qualification type:

A Level


Entry criteria (GCSE grades):

5 in English or 5 in History


Subject description:

Over the two years students will study aspects of English and European history; as well as American History. They will have the opportunity  to develop their knowledge and understanding of significant events, individuals and ideas in history as well as to evaluate problems and make judgements about the past. History will be studied from a variety of perspectives (social, religious, economic, cultural and political) so that students will develop an understanding of how the past has been interpreted and represented.


Units studied:

Unit one: The Tudors: England, 1485-1603


Unit two: Revolution & Dictatorship: Russia, 1917-1953


Unit three: Historical investigation: American Civil

Rights 1861-1968 (coursework)


How the course is assessed:

Unit one and two are examined at the end of year 13, with each unit worth 40% of the final grade. The final 20% is achieved by the coursework unit, which is essay- based and on American Civil Rights.

Post-18 opportunities:

History gives a good grounding for a wide variety of careers, teaching valuable skills that are deemed essential by employers.


Teacher responsible:   Mrs K Smith