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History A Level at Aylesbury Grammar School

Course description

The study of History connects us with our past. By studying the past we can perhaps better understand the present world in which we live and try to anticipate the future course of events. For this reason we study a number of courses that are highly relevant to the present day. History has a social value and its study is both important and rewarding.

It is essential that you have an inquiring mind, an interest in the past and its relevance to current affairs and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively, in both written and verbal form. Advanced Level History provides an excellent preparation for further study of History at degree level, in addition to a wide variety of other subjects on account of the transferable skills that the subject develops

Course content

Unit 1: Historical Themes in Breadth (50% of the AS Level Course, culminating in an examination) Option E The Expansion and Challenge of Nationalism. We will select the following 2 options:  The Middle East, 1945-2001: The State of Israel and Arab Nationalism.  The Collapse of the Liberal State and the Triumph of Fascism in Italy, 1896-1943.

Unit 2: British History Depth Studies (50% of the AS Level Course, culminating in an examination) Option C Conflict and Change in 19th and 20th Century Britain. We will study: The Experience of Warfare in Britain; Crimea, Boer War and World War One 1854- 1929.

Unit 3: Depth Studies and Associated Historical Controversies (60% of the A2 Level Course, culminating in an examination) Option C War and Peace: 20th Century International Relations. We will study: A World Divided; Superpower Relations 1944-90.

Unit 4: Historical Enquiry (40% of the A2 Level Course, examined by a coursework assignment) We will study: Ireland & the Union, 1815-1998.

Entry requirements

History is a most interesting, yet challenging subject to study at A Level. Students will ideally achieve an A* or A grade, or a minimum of B grade at GCSE, if they are to consider studying the subject at AS Level.



Future opportunities

 Students of History have access to a wide range of university and career opportunities. During the A Level course students will learn to evaluate and analyse a wide range of sources of information, weigh up evidence and develop sophisticated arguments, both in the form of essays and classroom discussions.

Such skills are highly valued by universities and potential employers, regardless of what career path you choose. A Level History provides an excellent foundation for a number of popular careers including law, journalism and business and has an important contribution to make to lifelong learning.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 June 2015

Key information

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