Why choose this subject?
If you find the most interesting things in the world are the thoughts and actions of people in it, then History is for you. By
developing your powers of analysis and reasoning you will be preparing yourself for your place in the modern world. You
will handle information critically, interpret a wide range of evidence and bring perception to the motives that drive people.
Entry requirements: C grade or above in English at GCSE is essential.
Combine this course with: English Literature, Law, Maths, Computing, a Language, Economics, Media
Essential if you go on to: Law, Journalism, Management or Teaching.
AS Level History
During the course candidates acquire and communicate knowledge and understanding of historical periods. These include
Tsarist Russia, Civil Rights in America, Britain the 20th Century and Chinese History 1876-1976. They also develop an
understanding of historical terms and concepts and explore the significance of events, individuals, issues and societies in
history. Students also develop an understanding of the nature of historical evidence and methods used by historians.
Students study two modules for AS Level:
Module 1: Tsarist and Revolutionary Russia 1855 – 1917
Module 2: The Campaign for African American Civil Rights in the USA 1950-1968
The course is assessed through two examination papers.
Each examination paper is worth 50% of the final grade.
A2 Level History
Students develop an understanding and a sound knowledge of a number of historical periods. They consider the nature of
historical sources and the methods used by historians. Students also develop a familiarity with differing interpretations of
particular historical problems.
Module 3: The making of Modern Britain 1951-2007
Module 4: History Enquiry – Chinese history 1840-1949
The course is assessed through one examination paper. That is worth 60% of the total A2 mark. Module 4 is a historical
enquiry undertaken by students which is worth 40% of the total A2 mark.