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HISTORY GCE AS LEVEL (EDEXCEL) at Durham Johnston Comprehensive School

Course description

We study British and American History at AS Level. We consider the campaign for Civil Rights in the USA between 1945 and 1968 also the manner in which many Americans fought for equality and liberty. We also focus upon American foreign policy in Asia between 1950 and 1973, considering ideological reasons for the conflict in Korea and Vietnam. In addition, we consider what life was like in Britain between 1945 and 1990, focusing upon the post war consensus and the gradual move towards the politics of conflict in the 1970s and 1980s. All three subjects are intended to broaden students understanding of the modern political world and to build upon the success achieved at GCSE. We follow a linear course with the Edexcel examination board at AS Level and students complete two examinations. There is no coursework in the Lower Sixth. Teaching varies between formal lessons by staff on the most difficult topics to seminars and class discussions organised by students. Essays, source analysis and guided reading form a vital part of the course. Students will be expected to read widely throughout the course and many books will be provided to enable them to benefit from the great variety of historical literature and to become accustomed to handling primary and secondary sources. Discussion, argument, doubt, and the desire to understand causes and results - these are all key factors in the History course. A wide variety of source material and evidence will be studied, including newspapers, diaries, film and cartoons.

Entry requirements

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Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in History, which could lead onto higher education in History or related subjects such as English, American Studies, Politics , Archaeology or more general courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to history by seeking employment in areas of heritage such as working for a museum or within education such as a teacher. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for. You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in History, which could lead onto higher education in History or related subjects such as English, American Studies, Politics , Archaeology or more general courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to history by seeking employment in areas of heritage such as working for a museum or within education such as a teacher. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Durham Johnston Comprehensive School directly.

Last updated date: 18 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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