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History, Philosophy and Theology

History, Philosophy and Theology
History, Philosophy and Theology
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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This course aims to develop a student’s interest in and enthusiasm for History, and an understanding of its intrinsic value and significance. It also allows students to acquire an understanding of different identities within society and an appreciation of social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity through the study of aspects of British and non-British history.


The course covers a range of historical periods, each examined by a separate paper.

Unit 1 The Crusades, c1095-1204

Assessment: a 135 minute examination comprising two essays and a question about evaluation of interpretations. 30% of A Level.

Unit 2 Anglo-Saxon England and the Anglo-Norman Kingdom, c1053-1106

Assessment: a 90 minute examination.  One question will be focused on source material, and the other will be an essay.  20% of A Level.

Unit 3 Rebellion and disorder under  the Tudors, 1485-1603

Assessment: a 135 minute examination.  One question will be based on primary source material, one question will be an essay to assess student understanding  of the period in depth, and one is an essay  to assess the breadth of understanding across the whole time period studied.  30% of A Level.

Unit 4 (coursework) Germany and  the outbreak of the First World War.

Assessment: an extended and fully referenced essay of 4,000 words.

The purpose of this coursework is to enable students to develop skills in the analysis and evaluation of interpretations of history in a chosen question, problem or issue as part  of an independently researched assignment.  Students carry out an independently researched enquiry to analyse and evaluate interpretations. 20% of A Level.

How will it be delivered?

A combination of classroom study, self study and enrichment activities.

Entry requirements

GCSE History grade 6 or above

Your next steps...

The study of history helps develop research and analytical skills as well as the ability to present information and argument. These skills are valuable in a variety of careers including law, politics and economics.

A wide range of university courses accept History as a subject that proves students  had the skills required to progress to the  next level of study.

History A Level can lead to studying History at university, which could then contribute to a career in areas such as law, teaching, journalism, PPE. Other courses also require an essay-based subject, so History also complements applications for medicine.


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