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A Level History 

Examination Board:  Edexcel

The History department continues to be a vibrant and innovative department which offers a range of historical studies to our students. The courses we teach allows our students to engage with a wide variety of historical events, people and developments and are designed to enthuse our students, allowing them to achieve the very best results they can.

                                Modern History                                                                  

Paper 1                  Britain Transformed: 1918 - 97

Paper 2                  The USA 1955 – 92: Conformity & Challenge

Paper 3                  Ireland & the Union: 1774 – 1923

Paper 4                 Coursework: Choice of topic


                             Early Modern History

Paper 1                  England 1509 – 1603: Authority, Nation & Religion

Paper 2                  Luther & the German Reformation 1515 - 55

Paper 3                  The Witch Craze in Britain, Europe & North America 1580 – 1750

Paper 4                 Coursework: Choice of topic  

Course Structure:  

Essential information: 

  • Due to the popularity of History in year 12, we offer two courses to students. This is a unique aspect of History at Beaconsfield High School which enables students to specialise. One course focuses on Modern History, whilst the other focuses mainly on the Early Modern period. Experience tells us that as long as students enjoy History as a subject, they will enjoy studying either course.  
  • These courses enable students to study some of the formative developments in British, European and world History, and the way these affected the lives of people living through them.  
  • The History department has a continuing track record of success in achieving high grades, entrance into top universities and offering all of our students the best possible chance of fulfilling their potential.  
  • History is valuable for the transferable skills it develops – and as such is highly recognised by institutions and employers; historians are found in many professions – especially law, journalism and finance.  
  • It combines well with many other subjects – especially English, Modern Foreign Languages, Politics, & Economics, but many students have successfully combined it with sciences.