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Exam Type: Linear 2 year A-Level

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course Requirements:

It is expected that students will have achieved a minimum Grade of level 6 at GCSE History in order to take an A-Level course in the subject. It is important that you have an enquiring mind, an interest in the past and its relevance to current affairs as well as an ability to communicate your ideas effectively.

Course Content:

You will study:

  • the significance of events, individuals, issues and societies in history
  • how and why societies have changed over time.
  • the theories of historians and the language they use to discuss their ideas
  • the nature of historical evidence and the methods used by historians to analyse and evaluate it
  • how the past has been interpreted and represented


Currently the units studied are detailed below.  However, this is subject to review.

Unit 1 – In search of the American Dream: the USA, c1917–96

  1. The changing political environment, 1917–80
  2. The quest for civil rights, 1917–80
  3. Society and culture in change, 1917–80
  4. The changing quality of life, 1917–80
  5. What impact did the Reagan presidency (1981–89) have on the USA in the years 1981–96?

Unit 2 – South Africa, 1948–94: from apartheid state to ‘rainbow nation’

  1. The response to apartheid, c1948–59
  2. Radicalisation of resistance and the consolidation of
  3. National Party power, 1960–68
  4. Redefining resistance and challenges to National Party power, 1968–83
  5. The end of apartheid and the creation of the ‘rainbow nation’, 1984–94

 Unit 3 – The British experience of warfare, c1790–1918

  1. Changes in organising the military
  2. Changes in the role of the people
  3. Britain and the French Wars, 1793–1815
  4. The Crimean War, 1854–56
  5. The second Boer War, 1899–1902
  6. Trench warfare on the Western Front, 1914–18
  7. The war in the air, 1914–18


Unit 4 – Coursework

Personal assignment based on the Holocaust.


Assessment by examination and coursework.


Units 1 -3 cover essay and source skills



Unit 1 (30%) – 2 hour and 15 minute exam

Unit 2 (20%) – 1 hour and 30 minute exam

Unit 3 (30%) – 2 hour and 15 minute exam

Unit 4 (20%) – coursework


Career Opportunities/Progression:

History provides an excellent foundation for a number of popular careers including: journalism, law, the civil service, personnel and most vocations in the business world.