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History, AQA at Penistone Grammar Advanced Learning Centre

Course description

History is diverse, engaging and thought provoking. 
The course covers key periods of History and provides a strong foundation to build upon for students who go on to study the subject at University. 

Course content

This brand new course offers students a wide range of historical perspectives to study and explore with key topics spanning from the origins of the Russian Revolution in the late 1800’s to the inauguration of President Obama in 2009.
Modules have been chosen with the hope of inspiring Post-16 students so that they can share our enthusiasm for the subject and understand its intrinsic value and significance in today’s ever-changing world. 

Entry requirements

To secure a place at our Post 16 Centre five passes or more GCSE passes at grade C or above and a minimum of a C grade in both English Language and Mathematics.  All students will also need a B Grade GCSE in any subject they are wanting to study at A Level.  If it is a new subject for example Sociology or Psychology students must have achieved a grade B in both Mathematics and English Language. 



The AS Qualification

Students will study a British History unit. The module will cover a number of key themes where students look at some of the key turning points and developments responsible for shaping Britain today. Students will recognise some familiar themes from GCSE as well as new topics including the development of popular culture 
and the campaigns that occurred in order to secure improved rights for particular groups in society. 
The second module explores the Russian revolution, taking students through the origins of the uprising and the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II. Students will research the extent of opposition and discontent within the country and explore what happened next with the establishment of the Provisional Government and the 
Communist regime. Exam questions will test student’s understanding of key historical viewpoints and their in-depth knowledge and understanding of the period. 
The A Level Qualification
Students will be required to sit a further examination and submit a historical enquiry set in advance by the exam board. A ‘Level students are also required to submit an historical enquiry. The enquiry must be centred on a question, problem or issue 
chosen by the students. It offers a chance to independently research a topic and identify independent lines of enquiry within the debate, reaching clear and sustained judgements throughout. 

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses or equivalent to prepare for higher education in History or related subjects such as English, American Studies, Politics or more general courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to history by seeking employment in areas of heritage such as working for a museum or within education such as a teacher. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

Miss E Henderson (Subject Learning Leader) e-mail





How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Penistone Grammar Advanced Learning Centre directly.

Last updated date: 12 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: AS 1 year, A2 2 years
  • Course code: AQA 2040