Course type: A level & Applied • Awarding/exam body: Edexcel
You have the option to explore the fascinating history of social, political and cultural change in twentieth century Britain, Civil Rights in America, the persecution and resistance of women as witches in the Early Modern Period, the revolutionary conflicts of Stuart Britian or twentieth century Russia. You will read, research independently, question, discuss and debate in small groups in class reacting intelligently and critically. You will need to enjoy forming arguments and carefully select evidence to support them. We will help individuals to cultivate clear, concise and accurate powers of expression, both orally and in writing. Activities will include essays, source work, debate and research.

Course Units

We offer a choice of two History courses at Saint Francis Xavier Sixth Form College: 
OPTION 1: Democracies in Change
Unit 01: Britain transformed: 1918-97
Unit 02: The USA 1955-92: conformity and challenge
Unit 03: The witch craze in Britain, Europe & North America: 1580–1750
Unit 04: Coursework on post-war Britain
OPTION 2: Revolutions & Empire
Unit 01: Britain 1625–1701: conflict, revolution and settlement
Unit 02: Russia in revolution: 1894–1924
Unit 03: Civil Rights and Race Relations in America: 1860-2009
Unit 04: Coursework on the development of the Russian Revolution

Course Assessment

A level History is 80% exam and 20% coursework.

This Course Can Lead To…

History is a well-respected A level, which many students continue to study at degree level. It is useful for any career – particularly those which involve research, analysing information and constructing arguments. Students often progress to careers in Politics, The Civil Service, Banking and Management consultancy, Journalism, Teaching, Law, Public Relations and Advertising.

Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in English Language Applicants with a Grade 4 in English Language and a 5 in other humanities subject will be considered subject to availability

Course Highlights

  • Visits to Hampton Court, The Black Cultural Archives, National Archives and The British Library.
  • Join our Hidden Histories Club, American film club and carry out historical research.