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History AS and A level at Eastbrook Comprehensive School

Course description

The course provides an excellent and broad foundation for History at degree level, but the skills developed in AS and A2 level History will also be useful for a range of universities.

Qualifications in History are well respected, and the knowledge and critical skills you develop are valuable in a variety of careers e.g. law, business management, journalism, marketing, travel and tourism, teaching and accountancy. 

Course content

AS level: You will be studying two of the following units depending on which centre you study at and your own particular interest.

F961: Elizabethan England, 1558-1603

F962: Napoleon, France and Europe 1795-1815

F963: The English Civil War and Interregnum

F964: Origins of the American Civil War, 1820-1861


A2 Level:    

The units you study will be determined by your AS course choice.                

Examined unit (1 of the below):

F966: Russia and its Rulers 1855-1964

F966: Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992

Coursework unit (1 of the below): F965: The Cold War 1941-1956

F965: Louis XIV 1661-1715 

Entry requirements

It is expected that candidates will have a Grade B or higher in GCSE History. If you did not take GCSE History or achieved a C in GCSE history, it is sometimes possible, in the right circumstances, to take AS and A2 History. Your performance in your other GCSE subjects will be a major factor if this is the case.

To guarantee progression on to the A2 course requires that you achieve at least a grade ‘D’ at AS level 

You will be required to work hard, meet all deadlines and carry out your own extra reading on the topics we study.  You should be prepared to debate your opinions in class, and to get involved in all activities.  Notes should be organised and supplemented with your wider reading where appropriate. 


Year 12 – AS Level:          2 written papers (50% each)

Year 13 – A2 Level:          1 written paper (60%)

                                            2 pieces of course work – 2,000 words (20% each) 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Eastbrook Comprehensive School directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September