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History A2 at Queensbury School

Course description

This is a two year course. Students are required to be willing to work hard, study conscientiously and be able to demonstrate a good general ability.

Course content

At A2 the course is split into two units

Unit 3 Historical Controversies

In this unit students will examine why there are different interpretations of the past and focus upon different types of evidence used, the role of historical theory and the way in which the work of historians is influenced by the political, social and economic climate of the time. This unit will focus upon the debates about the Holocaust examining the reasons why the Holocaust has been interpreted in different ways throughout time.

Unit 4 - Personal Study - Historical Significance

The students are free to choose their own historical figure from any period (must not be the period that is studied in other units) and write a 3,000 word personal study about the significance of that figure. Full support from staff will be given throught the study.



Entry requirements

To progress onto the second year, you need to gain at least a pass grade from the first year.


How the unit is assesssed.

Unit 3 is assessed by a classroom coursework examination where students will have 3 hours to complete the task (in separate 1 hour sessions) where they will ahe access to their notes, books and the internet.  Unit 4 is entirely coursework based.

Future opportunities

Progression Routes

  • Higher Education - e.g. Archaeology, journalism, law, education, art or public health.
  • Career options - journalism, teaching or archaeology

Further information

Please contact Mrs Goodall or Mr Charlton for further information.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

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