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History AS Level at Ilkley Grammar School

Course description


  • develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, history
  • acquire an understanding of different identities within society and an appreciation of aspects such as social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity, as appropriate
  • build on their understanding of the past through experiencing a broad and balanced course of study
  • improve as effective and independent students and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds
  • develop the ability to ask relevant and significant questions about the past and to research them
  • acquire an understanding of the nature of historical study, for example that history is concerned with judgements based on available evidence and that historical judgements are provisional
  • develop their use and understanding of historical terms, concepts and skills
  • make links and draw comparisons within and/or across different periods and aspects of the past
  • organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways, arguing a case and reaching substantiated judgements

Course content

Victorian and Edwardian Britain, c1851–1914
France in Revolution 1774-1795

Entry requirements

General entry requirement for Post-16: 5 grade 4/C at GCSE, preferably including English and Maths. Specific entry requirements: Grade 4 in History. If students have not studied History at GCSE then a Grade 4 would be expected in English.


Unit 1 – 1.5 hour examination – 50%
Unit 2 – 1.5 hour examination – 50%

Future opportunities

History is a highly valued subject applicable to many Higher Education studies. The Russel Group Universities refer to History as a “facilitating” subject. These subjects are required more often than others when applying for University and provide students with the most options. A Level History provides students with the discipline and necessary skills to continue their studies in a broad range of degrees and High Education routes.

Students considering careers in law, politics, journalism, curating, media, research, armed services or civil services should be encouraged to study history. However, it is a very broad subject and people with history qualifications follow many different career paths.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 November 2017
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