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History AS/A2 Level at Aylesbury High School

Course description


History makes you valuable - to universities and employers. The bundle of skills, knowledge and attitudes that historical study delivers is highly attractive in education and industry.

History makes sense of today’s world. It demands that you use your intelligence to make sense of the complex forces that have come together to create our local, national and global situations.

History transforms you into a researcher and writer who can organise and communicate ideas and arguments; who can talk confidently about the past, and who is ready to challenge their thinking and that of others.

History trains your mind to deal with evidence, with documents, with the ways in which people described their world, expressed their views and struggled to make sense of their actions and those of others.

History forces you to make links between all areas of human life: politics, religion, literature, geography, science, psychology and economics. History is "the house in which all other subjects dwell".

History uncovers people - how they behaved, felt, thought; how they lived, loved, hated; how they fought, how they survived and how they often unwillingly and unknowingly created the world we live in today.

Specialist teachers will provide in-depth and up-to-date learning through seminars based on critical reading and discussion. More active learning will support and extend your understanding. Our priority is to help you become independent learners and we will expect you to be positive about reading and writing History. Our materials are carefully selected to help you access some complex historical debates.

History lessons might contain source analysis, essay planning, presentations, role-play and empathy work, close textual analysis, discussion and debate, pair-work, quizzes, problem-solving, research, question analysis, documentary and film, simulations, and many other learning opportunities



History opens doors on the whole magnificent mess that is the human past.

Course content


We follow the AQA specification. Find it at The topics covered are:

AS Level:

Unit 1:The USA 1890-1945

Unit 2:The USA & Vietnam 1961-1975

A2 Level:

Unit 3:Britain 1951-2007

Unit 4:Individual Assignment

In Year 13, the Individual Assignment is an opportunity to undertake research and write a project on any historical topic, closely structured and tutored by us.

Entry requirements


To study History at AS/A2, it is usual, but not essential, to have studied the subject at GCSE. You should be literate and enjoy reading, writing and discussion. Additionally, you should have the confidence and organisational skills to undertake individual research.



In Year 12 at AS Level, there will be 2 written examinations.

In Year 13 at A Level, students will do the Individual Assignment and one written examination.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 August 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years