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History - AS/A2 at St Thomas More School & Sixth Form College

Course description

This course will enable you to study:

 significant events, individuals and issues;

 a range of historical perspectives;

 the diversity of society;

 the history of more than one country or state;

 a substantial element of English history;

 continuity and change over a period of time.

As well as offering:

  considerable variety;

  coherent and exciting courses suitable to their own circumstances, resources and interests;

  flexibility and choice in the selection of topics.


Course content

We offer an exciting and varied approach to history. You will uncover the social and political History of Great Britain, Russia and the USA to provide you with a contrasting understanding of why the world is the way it is today. You will learn to critically appraise the radical changes which have occurred and develop a deep appreciationof the lessons of the past;

'Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.'  Santayana

We pride ourselves on using not only traditional lectures and discussions in the teaching of this course but of active learning such as role plays, the use of media and of field trips both in Great Britain and abroad. Students will work both in groups and independently, and are expected to read around the topics as directed.

Entry requirements

Entry application is considered individually based on each candidate's merits.

We expect students to have achieved at least a grade B in GCSE English if they have not studied History before.

Students who have studied History at GCSE will be accepted if they have achieved a grade B, however the Head of Department will consider the suitability of individuals achieving a GCSE Grade C if they wish to study the course.


Unit 1: Russia 1894-1941. A study of the fall of Tsar Nicholas and the development of Communism.


50% % of Total A Level Marks 25%

Unit 2: England and the new Century 1900-1924. A study into the development of modern politics and liberalism in England.


50% % of Total A Level Marks 25%

Unit 3: Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992. An intriguing study of the Civil Rights movement in the USA.

% of Total A Level Marks 30%

Unit 4: Independent Investigation - Vietnam 1955-1975. Coursework assessing interpretations and investigations.

% of Total A Level Marks 20%

Financial information

There will be costs involved with field trips such as travel and accomodation.  More details from the department.   Coursework materials and books are provided.

Future opportunities

History is a versatile subject which can be combined with many different subjects. Students successfully completing the AS year can choose to progress on to the higher A2 Level to qualify for the full award. History is a firmly established and respected academic subject. It is accepted by all Higher Education establishments as a suitable qualification for a wide variety of degree courses. It is also useful for those considering a range of careers such as law, local government, management, the police, research, banking, the media, teaching and museum and archive work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas More School & Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 11 September 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year for both AS and A2
  • Course code: H106/H206