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History - AS / A level at King Edward VI CEVC Upper School

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History is an exciting subject which will offer you a rich experience. You will gain insights into present situations by studying the past, learning about the significance of events, individuals, issues and societies in the past. You will find out why societies have changed over time and analyse and evaluate historical sources. Moreover you will learn to appreciate how people`s attitudes and values have changed over time. Crucially, you will learn to express your own historical ideas confidently and effectively and to plan and carry out investigations into an area of historical interest.

Entry requirements

This course will appeal to students who have an interest in the way the world has developed through the ages and those who enjoy investigation and discovery. If you have taken GCSE History you need to have gained at least a B grade. If you did not take GCSE History you should have at least a B grade in English and also a B grade in a related humanities GCSE. It is most important that you should have a lively and enquiring mind and a desire to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively.


There is a choice of two routes at AS and A-level; Early Modern History and Modern History.

AS level

Early Modern

Unit 1 Luther, Lutheranism, Russia in Revolution 1881 - 1924 German reformation and Stalin's Russia 1924 - 1953 The European Witchcraze.

Unit 2 Henry VIII: Authority, Nation The Experience of Warfare in Britain; and Religion. The Crimea to the First World War. - 39 - In order to progress to A2 you will need to achieve a grade C at AS. A-level

Unit 3 Protest, Crisis and Rebellion in From Kaiser to Fhrer: Germany Elizabethan England 1900 - 1945

Unit 4 Coursework The Golden Age of Spain 20th Century International Relations 1474 - 1598. 1879 - 1980.

Future opportunities

Students who study AS or A-level History have access to a wide range of career and higher education opportunities. By the end of the course you will have learned to evaluate and analyse information, work independently, weigh up evidence and communicate complex ideas effectively. All these skills are recognised and valued by employers, universities and colleges. History provides a basis for a number of popular careers including journalism, law and business.

Further information

  1. Debate and discussion will be central to learning but you will also have opportunities to work independently; if you enjoy these ways of learning then you will enjoy History.
  2. If you want to improve your analytical skills and learn how to weigh up evidence and make up your own mind then History is for you.
  3. History is highly regarded as a useful qualification for a wide range of higher education and career choices; it will suit you if you are aiming to keep your future choices open.
  4. History combines well with other subjects including Mathematics, Science, English and modern foreign languages as well as other humanities subjects; if you are thinking about these subjects then consider History.
For further information: Mr S Small

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI CEVC Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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