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History AS/A Level at Beverley High School

Course description

It’s fascinating to learn about things that are ‘foreign’ or different from our own lives. Recognising what we share with people in the past, while simultaneously thinking about how profoundly their lives differed from our own, is intriguing and rewarding.

Everyone is strongly influenced by his or her understanding of history; a deeper knowledge of history will enable you to put the contemporary world, people’s thoughts and actions, into context. You should study history if you wish to learn how and why the world and its peoples came to be as there are today.

AS grades will no longer contribute to A-level awards. AS History and A-level History are separate qualifications from September 2015.

  • History will be co-teachable with A-level History because the content for the AS and the first year of the A-level is identical.
  • In practice, this means that an AS History student will study the same units as an A-level History student with only the timeframe changing. As an example, the early phase of our courses are studied in Y12 and the later phase studied in Y13:

Course content

  • The Age of the Crusades, c1071-1204
  • The Making of Modern Britain, 1951-2007


AS History will be examined at the end of Y12 as follows:

The Age of the Crusades, c1071-1149

The Making of Modern Britain, 1951-1979

  • 1 hour 30 minute written exam
  • 50% of AS grade
  • 1 hour 30 minute written exam
  • 50% of AS grade.

A-level History is a combination of exams and coursework:

The Age of the Crusades, c1071-1204

The Making of Modern Britain, 1951-2007

  • 2 hour 30 minute written exam
  • 40% of AS grade
  • 2 hour 30 minute written exam
  • 40% of AS grade.

Historical Enquiry or coursework (non-examined unit).

  • Topics are still to be confirmed.
  • Approximately 4000 words.
  • 20% of A-level grade.


Future opportunities

History embeds the thinking and writing skills that are critical in a wide range of professions, from law to business to medicine and everything in-between. There’s no substitute for being able to evaluate evidence and make clear, concise and convincing arguments.

Further information

History provides us with the skills to analyse and explain issues in the past, present and future and communicate our ideas clearly; it helps us think and write properly (the bits machines can’t do in a service economy).  Any career that rewards clear thinking, good writing, articulate speaking and the ability to ask and answer complicated questions about how the world works will be open to a History student.

All students will sit the AS exam regardless of their thoughts on studying History in Y13.  If a student starts AS History unsure whether they want to complete the full A level they will sit the AS exam and make a decision after their results are known. For students who are fairly confident that they do wish to study the full A level the AS exam will be an important milestone; it will act as mock or practice exam by which we can assess understanding and progress.

The Russell Group of Universities ( offer advice on which A level subjects open doors to more degrees and more professions than others; they call them ‘facilitating subjects’. History is a facilitating subject.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 August 2016

Key information


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    • Beverley High School is a Group 6, five-form entry girls' comprehensive within the East Riding of Yorkshire. 816 girls are currently on roll including 120 girls in the Sixth Form. The School, founded in 1908, has developed since 1973 from a grammar school into a fully comprehensive 11-18 establishment. The school celebrated its 100th anniversary in September 2008.

      Beverley High School is long established with an excellent record and considerable achievements in academic work, music, drama, art and sport. We are particularly concerned to develop each girl's good qualities to the full. The school has a long tradition of successful education and enjoys a high reputation within the community, both at local and county level. The school features in the “Good Schools’ Guide”.

      Subject departments are housed in purpose-built rooms set amidst fine grounds. We have a dedicated Library and Sixth Form Block. A Sports Hall was opened in September 2006 and an Art/Technology Centre opened in September 2008.