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History - AS / A level at Kesgrave High School

Course description

A Level History is made up of four units:


Unit 1: Russia in Revolution, 1881-1924 and Stalin’s Russia, 1924-1953
(25% of Advanced GCE)

Unit 2: Britain and the Nationalist Challenge in India, 1900-47
             (25% of Advanced GCE)


Unit 3: From Kaiser to Führer: Germany, 1900-45
(30% of Advanced GCE)

Unit 4: The Making of Modern China, 1900-2000
(Coursework: 20% of Advanced GCE)

Course content

A range of approaches will be used including formal teaching, discussion, debate, individual and group work and investigation. Use will be made of textbooks, newspapers, the internet, DVDs and contemporary literature.

Aims to enable students to:

  • acquire and effectively communicate knowledge and understanding of selected periods of history
  • develop their understanding of historical terms and concepts
  • explore the significance of events, individuals, issues and societies in history
  • understand the nature of historical evidence and the methods used by historians in analysis and evaluation
  • develop their understanding of how the past has been interpreted and represented
  • develop their understanding of the nature of historical study; for example, that history is concerned with judgements based on available evidence and that historical judgements may be provisional
  • develop their interest in and enthusiasm for history.

This specification offers a series of coherent, complementary routes to both the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and the Advanced (A) GCE in History.

The specification offers three units of study (Units 1, 2 and 3) for the AS qualification and six units of study (Units 1-6) for the Advanced GCE qualification.

The specification has been designed to ensure length, depth and breadth and to enable students to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to achieve the AS and Advanced GCE qualifications as appropriate.

Each unit requires the study of significant events, individuals and issues.  Each programme of study requires students to engage with a range of historical perspectives, including social, economic, political, religious and cultural, although the balance of perspectives differs between them.




Entry requirements

Prior learning It is not a requirement that students have studied History at GCSE in order to take an AS or Advanced GCE course in the subject.

A number of the topics offered for study are developments from GCSE but there are also plenty of topics offered which are likely to be new to most students. It is more important that students have an enquiring mind, an interest in the past and its relevance to current affairs and an ability to communicate their ideas effectively.

Although it is not a requirement, students will need a grade C or above in GCSE English or its equivalent in order to benefit fully from the course of study.

Those students who have studied History GCSE will find that the skills they have learned and the knowledge they have acquired will form a solid foundation for further studies at AS/Advanced GCE.


AS Level

Unit 1 is a 1 hour 20 minutes written paper

Unit 2 is a 1 hour 20 minutes written paper

A2 Level

Unit 3 is a 2 hour written paper

Unit 4 is internally assessed coursework, which is externally moderated by Edexcel.

Board : Edexcel

Future opportunities

Edexcel Advanced GCE in History forms an excellent preparation for further study of history at degree level. Students of any age or cultural background who study AS or Advanced GCE History have access to a wide range of career and higher education opportunities.

By the end of the course they will have learned how to evaluate and analyse information, how to weigh up evidence and how to communicate complex ideas effectively. These skills are recognised and valued by employers, universities and colleges. Edexcel History AS/Advanced provides an excellent foundation for a number of popular careers including journalism, law and business and has an important contribution to make to lifelong learning.

A Level History is an excellent academic discipline that promotes the development of many general skills: analytical, organisational, literary, in research and in making judgements and putting forward arguments.

Very few people who study History follow careers which are directly related to the subject, like Lecturer, Archaeologist or Archivist.  Most History students become well educated and well informed individuals who have much to offer a variety of careers and professions.  It is highly recommended for students considering a career in Law.

Further information

For more information, contact Mr Watson.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kesgrave High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 July 2015
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