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History AS/A2 at King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon

Course description

It is expected that students will achieve an A* or A grade in GCSE History in order to take this subject in the Sixth Form. A B grade is an absolute minimum.

Students need to have good reading and writing skills.Students need to be well motivated and able to research and read around the subject outside of class time. At A level students are taught a balance of modern and early modern/medieval History. This provides an interesting contrast and a good grounding for those wishing to study the subject further at university.

Students cover Units 1 and 2 in their first year and Units 3 and 4 at A2.


Unit 1: Britain 1483-1529

The reigns of Henry VII & Henry VIII: Students need to answer 2 two part questions from a choice of 3. These questions test understanding of change over time.

1 hr 15 minutes: 25% of final mark.

Unit 2: The USA and Vietnam 1961-1975

The reasons for and escalation of the war, the crisis for the Americans and the ending of the conflict. Students must answer 1 compulsory - two part source question, plus a second two part question from a choice of 2.

1 hr 30 minutes: 25% of final mark.


Unit 3: Elizabeth I 1547-1603

How was a woman able to enjoy such a long and successful reign after years of religious and political instability? 2 essay questions are answered from a choice of 3.

1 hour 30 minutes: 30% of final mark

Unit 4: Coursework: Russia 1855-1989

Students produce a 3500 word essay, in their own time, answering one question based on a 100 year period covering the rule of Tsars and Soviet dictators.

20% of final mark

AS & A2 courses are complimentary: different aspects of Tudor History are covered in both. Coursework allows an opportunity for students to show their abilities independently and is good preparation for university study.

Students aiming for top grades and top universities – especially those considering History for degree level – are encouraged to enter essay prize competitions to help support their UCAS statements.

Those interested are given individual tuition in preparation for Oxbridge tests and interviews.

At A level students will develop essay writing, reading and source analysis skills. Students will follow up class work with their own independent study and should therefore enjoy reading around the subject. History allows students to develop excellent skills of debate, analysis, research and writing. As such it offers openings to a wide variety of careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon directly.

Last updated date: 01 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 52 Weeks - 104 Weeks