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A Level History at Hasmonean High School

Course description

The central focus of the four units studied over two years will be Britain and Europe (including the English Civil War), 19th Century British Political History, Modern Germany and Modern Russia.

Many students who choose to study History do so because they enjoy the subject, but there are sound practical reasons too for choosing History.

Students who study AS or A Level History have access to a wide range of career and higher education opportunities. By the end of your course you 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.

History combines well with Mathematics and Science subjects to create an attractive portfolio of qualifications, enabling a student to proceed to a university science based course. Combined with English and a modern foreign language, it also provides a good basis for an arts or languages based degree.

History AS/A Level provides an excellent foundation for a number of popular careers including journalism, law and business. A History A Level commands respect in interviews for the best universities as it is considered a challenging and worthwhile qualification.

Entry requirements

All students will be expected to have achieved a B grade or better in GCSE History and English Language. The History department will consider exceptional candidates without GCSE History.

It is important that you have an enquiring mind, an interest in the past and its relevance to current affairs, and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively.

A willingness to read a variety of written sources, to be able to further develop evaluative and analytical skills and an aptitude for writing essays and coursework is needed.


Assessment will take the form of two examinations at the end of Year 12, and one examination and a piece of coursework in Year 13. This will be designed to test your knowledge and ability to evaluate and analyse source materials as well as to answer essay questions.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 April 2015

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