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History AS

  • Course Level: AS Level
  • Qualification: AS
  • Awarded By: AQA

Introduction to course

2 years, assessed by coursework and exams

If you are interested in the past and how it can help us to make some sense of the present, then you will enjoy this exciting and dynamic subject. We will support you as you develop the skills necessary for you to become an independent and confident learner. You will have the opportunity to work with a range of historical sources with the aim of achieving a top grade. You'll also go on visits to enhance your learning: past trips have included Berlin, the Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, The National Maritime Museum, Chatham and Portsmouth Naval Museum. Many students have been able to gain an insight into university study thanks to our Masterclass scheme which allows you to work closely with lecturers from Queen Mary, University of London.

Course Details

A & AS History

The A and AS courses each consist of two modules. At AS Level you will study The Crusading Movement and the Latin East 1095 - 1204 (blood, dust and a world changing clash of civilisations) and a module of Chinese history entitled ‘The Impact of Chairman Mao 1946-76’ (ideology, incompetence and mass murder). At A2 you study the history of Britain between 1642 and 1689. This module has everything; civil war, the execution of a king, a revolution, a dictatorship, a restoration involving a king with no moral compass and finally a Dutchman as king. The second module is an individual research project and you will be expected to write an extended essay. The probable topic will be related to another crucial period, the emergence of Britain as a global superpower in the 18th and early 19th centuries, and focus on the role of sea power in that transformation (ships, sea, more blood, and heroes).

Entry Requirements

In addition to the general entry requirements you need at least two B grades in English and English literature and a B in one other humanities subject, preferably History.

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This course combines well with

This course combines well with Economics, Geography, Philosophy, English or Science subjects.

Course Assessment

You will be assessed via external examination in January and June of the AS year and June of the A2 year. There will also be coursework of 3,500 words which will be assessed and moderated internally.

Course Progression

Many of our History students have successfully gained places to study history or other humanities subjects at top universities, such as Oxford, Cambridge, the London School of Economics and University College. The skills you gain from learning history are transferable to a range of careers such as journalism, the Civil Service and law.

Additional Information

We have, in the past, organised several successful study trips to Berlin in order to enhance the learning of students studying post-war Germany and also visited the Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill Museum as support for the AS Britain unit. The units offered are new and will be taught for the first time from September 2012 but visits will be arranged especially for the A2 units and will include the National Portrait Gallery, The National Maritime Museum and either Chatham or Portsmouth Naval Museum.

Master Classes

Many students have been able to gain an insight into university study thanks to this scheme which has allowed them to work closely with lecturers from Queen Mary, University of London.

We will support you as you develop the study skills necessary for you to become an independent and confident learner. You will have the opportunity to work with a range of historical sources with the aim of achieving a top grade.

We always value the routine student feedback which we receive. Formal learner questionnaires indicate that our students are very happy with our general approach to teaching and learning. However, we are always ready to listen to your ideas about the classroom experience.


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