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History A-Level at St Leonards Catholic School

Course description

The overall aims of AS/A2 History are to develop knowledge and understanding of selected periods of history. To explore important and interesting events, individuals, issues and societies. To understand the nature of historical evidence and how history has been interpreted – do you believe everything you read? To develop your interest, enthusiasm and enjoyment of history!

Course content

Paper 1: In search of the American Dream: the USA, c1917–96
  • The changing political environment, 1917–80
  • The quest for civil rights, 1917–80
  • Society and culture in change, 1917–80
  • The changing quality of life, 1917–80
  • Historical interpretations: What impact did the Reagan presidency (1981–89) have on the USA in the years 1981–96?
Paper 2: South Africa, 1948–94: from apartheid state to ‘rainbow nation’
  • The response to apartheid, c1948–59
  • Radicalisation of resistance and the consolidation of National Party power,
  • 1960–68
  • Redefining resistance and challenges to National Party power, 1968–83
  • The end of apartheid and the creation of the ‘rainbow nation’, 1984–94

Paper 3 Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485-1603

Studies in breadth:
  • Changes in governance at the centre
  • Gaining the cooperation of the localities
Studies in depth:
  • Challenging the succession, 1485–1499
  • Challenging religious changes, 1533–37
  • Agrarian discontent: Kett’s rebellion 1549
  • Queen takes Queen? The revolt of the northern earls, 1569–70
  • Troublesome Ireland: Tyrone’s rebellion, 1594–1603
Paper 4 Coursework
An individual assignment of between 3,000- 4,000 words which will address historical interpretations of a given topic. The topic for coursework will be decided in early 2016.

Entry requirements

  • each applicant must achieve at least eight GCSE or equivalent Level 2 Qualification passes at grade A*-G
  • each applicant must achieve at least five GCSE passes1 at grade A*-C
  • each applicant must achieve at least four GCSE B grades including at least a grade B2 in each subject to be taken at AS Level (see course entry requirements listed in section 6 of this admissions policy).
  • any applicant wishing to study a science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) at AS Level must achieve at least a grade B in GCSE Additional Science if taking double science rather than separate sciences. If taking separate sciences then the applicant must achieve at least a grade B in the science subject to be taken at AS Level.
  • any applicant wishing to study a subject at AS that they are not currently studying at GCSE must consult the list of entry requirements listed in section 6 of this admissions policy.
  • any applicant currently studying a subject at GCSE that they wish to continue to study at AS must achieve at least a grade B in that subject at GCSE.
  • each applicant must study a minimum of four AS Level courses to completion in Year 12 and a minimum of three A2 Level courses to completion in Year 13.
  • each applicant must study the General Religious Education Course to completion

Future opportunities

As well as a career in research or teaching, History opens your mind to important political, economic, social and religious issues, allowing you to develop an excellent sense of the world around you. For this reason employers in: Accountancy, journalism, publishing, public relations, general management, sales and marketing, law, politics, and administration all value History degrees or A level qualifications.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Leonards Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 22 April 2015

Key information

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