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AS/A2 Level History at Cardinal Griffin Catholic High School - a Science College

Course description

A qualification in A Level History is still considered one of the most challenging and scholaristic disciplines you can attain. 

AS History is composed of two units.

Unit 1- Historic Themes in Breadth will be assessed by an examination based on extended essay analysis.

Unit 2 – British Historical Depth Studies will be examined on the basis of documentary critical analysis.

A2 History is also composed of two units.

 Unit 3 - Historical Interpretations will have an exam made up of both essay and documentary components. 

Unit 4 – Historical Enquiry will be assessed via an extended personal study which is internally assessed.

AS – Unit I – Option E1 –    The Road to Italian Unification 1815-1870

                     Option E3 –     Expansion and Challenge of Nationalism Liberal     

                                             to Fascist Italy 1896-1943

         Unit II – Option C1-     Conflict and Change in 19th/20th Century Britain:

                                             The Experience of Warfare – Crimea, Boer, First

                                             World Wars 1854-1929

A2 – Unit III- Option D1 –     The Challenge of Fascism  

                                             From Kaiser to Fuhrer Germany 1900-1945

Course content

Unit 1

Historical Themes in Breadth (1hr 20 min examination)

Unit 2

British Historical Depth (1hr 20 min examination)

Unit 3

Depth Studies in Controversies (2hr examination)

Unit 4

Historical Enquiry (Centre based course work essay)


Entry requirements

Minimum requirement to study History AS/A2 is a grade B at GCSE.

Future opportunities

Considered one of the facilitating subjects, students can progress to Higher Education and go on to pursue careers in Law, Accountancy, Lecturing and Teaching  just to name a few of the options open to a successful candidate.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cardinal Griffin Catholic High School - a Science College directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years
  • Course code: AS - 8H101 A2 - 9H101

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