Exam board: Edexcel

Curriculum Content:

A level History will be taught through various methods, each tailored to maximising student progress. Note taking will be a large part of the course, as will discussion work and essay writing. Alongside this there will be videos, group presentations and source analysis. 

Option 1 The Crusades, c1095–1204

This option comprises a study in breadth of the early crusading movement from the late eleventh to the early thirteenth century. It has continued relevance as, even today, the crusades exercise a powerful influence in many countries of the Near East, and their legacy continues to shape relations with Europe and the world. The focus of study is on developments and changes over a broad timescale and so the content is presented as themes spanning a significant period: 1095–1192..

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

This option comprises a study in depth of England and Normandy from the death of Earl Godwin in 1053, through the reigns of William I and William II to the re-establishment of the Anglo-Norman Kingdom by Henry I in 1107. These were dramatic years of change for England and would shape the course of its history for generations. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the nature and extent of change in government, society and the church, and of the English people’s resistance to changes.

Option 3 Civil rights and race relations in the USA, 1850–2009

This option comprises two parts: the Aspects in breadth focus on long-term changes and contextualise the Aspects in depth, which focus in detail on key episodes. Together, the breadth and depth topics explore developments that have shaped contemporary America and remain a fundamental issue in US society: the changing pattern of race relations between black and white Americans, both in terms of civil rights and also broader social and cultural changes over a period that began with millions of black Americans in slavery and ended with Barack Obama as President.

Coursework (20% over overall qualification)

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. The focus is on understanding the nature and purpose of the work of the historian.


  • Paper 1- The Crusades- Written examination, lasting 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • Paper 2- Anglo-Saxon England and the Anglo-Norman Kingdom- Written examination, lasting 2 hours 15 minutes.
  • Paper 3- Civil rights and race relations in the USA- Written examination, lasting 1 hours 30 minutes.
  • Coursework (20% over overall qualification)

Specific entry requirements:

Students must achieve a grade 6 at GCSE History and English.

Future opportunities:

History is clearly an essential subject for those who wish to pursue it at university but it also has a much broader relevance. It is highly appropriate to careers in law, journalism, politics and management, in fact any area in which the ability to evaluate information and present reasoned judgements is useful. Many of Britain’s top company bosses have History degrees as well as Prime Ministers!


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