Entry Requirements:


Five or more GCSEs Grade 9-4/A*-C or equivalent, including English.


Grade 4 in History if studied.




AS - 2 external exams

Component 1: Breadth Study

Time: 1 hour 30 mins

50% of AS


Component 2: Depth Study

Time: 1 Hour 30 mins

50% of AS


A level - 2 external exams and one coursework assignment

Component 1: Breadth Study

Time: 2 hour 30 mins

40% of A level


Component 2: Depth Study

Time: 2 Hour 30 mins

40% of A level


Component 3: A personal study based on Modern China

3000-3500 words

20% of A level


Future Opportunities:


This qualification could prepare you for further study in this area or would complement other humanities based courses. It also provides you with many skills you will need to study further such as discussion, research skills and essay writing.


AS History is useful to those wanting to study a range of courses at university. This could include courses such as history, archaeology, law or medicine.





Taught by R.Lewis / C. Donnelly / A. Hart



Are you fascinated by the past and the influence it has on our life today? The study of history is said to have a civilising influence on our society as we learn from the mistakes of the past. Studying history will show you how our current political, social and ethical ideals were shaped and developed.


Course Content:


There are two components to the AS History Course.

 Component 1: Breadth Study

 Component 2: Depth Study


We are looking at offering the following:


Component 1: Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603–1702


This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:

  • How far did the monarchy change?
  • To what extent and why was power more widely shared during this period?
  • Why and with what results were there disputes over religion?
  • How effective was opposition?
  • How important were ideas and ideology?
  • How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?


Component 2: The American Dream: reality and illusion, 1945–1980


This option provides for a study in depth of the challenges faced by the USA at home and abroad as it emerged from the Second World War as a Superpower. For many Americans, post-war prosperity realised the ‘American dream’ but the prosperity was not shared by all and significant problems at home and abroad challenged the extent to which the ‘American dream’ was a reality. It explores concepts and ideas such as American identity at home and abroad, anti-communism, social equality, ethnic identities and federal versus states’ rights


There are three components to the new A Level History Course.


 Component 1: Breadth Study

 Component 2: Depth Study

 Component 3: Historical Investigation (Personal Study)


Component 1 & 2— you will study Component 1 and Component 2 as above in more detail and depth than at AS.


Component 3: Non-British Historical Investigation (Modern China)


The purpose of the Historical Investigation is to enable students to develop the skills, knowledge and historical understanding acquired through the study of the examined components of the specification.

Through undertaking the Historical Investigation students will develop an enhanced understanding of the nature and purpose of history as a discipline and how historians work.


























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