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Key Stage 5

History is very popular at A level, but the Faculty also offers A Level courses in Government & Politics, Philosophy & Ethics, Economics and Sociology



The department is committed to delivering lessons that will excite and challenge students. At advanced level we do strive to offer students a rich, varied breadth of study that will enhance their enthusiasm for the subject.
Students study three units in total. The depth unit is the French Revolution, whilst the breadth study covers Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603-1702. There is also a "coursework" component of 3000-3,500 wordsthe Historical Investigation, is based on American Civil Rights.
Learning and Teaching:
  • We are strong believers that students under taking Advanced level study must take more responsibility for their own learning. This means that a regular amount of homework is reading around the subject. This is why reading lists are given out at the beginning of courses. The school library holds the main stock of textbooks and can be borrowed on students library cards for an extended amount of time.
  • We also take the opportunity at Key Stage 5 to try to engage students a lot more in developing their communication skills. Much more of the work in class will be focused around debates and students leading presentations.
  • However, the key focus is about getting students through their exams, which is why students need to spend time practising in preparation for their written exams.