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History A Level at Chew Valley School

Course description

An exciting study of selected topics, most of which are based on 19th and 20th Century American history. You will develop the ability to articulate and express historical arguments through discussion, debate and presentation.

Course content

The course offers candidates the opportunity to study History in length and breadth as well as in depth, to develop expertise in a variety of skills and to acquire knowledge and understanding of the periods covered.

Entry requirements

Students who are likely to have achieved a grade B or better at GCSE.


The main focus of the A2 is the HISTORY OF THE USA, 1820-1861, but the lower sixth module allows for the study of BRITAIN 1899-1964 (Inter-War Domestic problems/ Foreign Policy 1939-1963).

AS Level
- Module 1 The Origins of the American Civil War (Document Study) Assessed by exam in June (1½ hours exam) 50% of total AS, 25% of full A2
- Module 2 Britain c.1918–1951; focus is on domestic developments Assessed in June by exam 1½ hour exam) 50% of total AS, 25% of full A2

A2 Level
- Module 3 America: Roosevelt’s America c. 1920–41 Internally assessed coursework (20%)(Historical Interpretations and investigation)
- Module 4 America: Civil Rights c.1865–1980 (Themes in History) Assessed in June (2 hour exam) 30%

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chew Valley School directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


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