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History AS/A2 Level at Huish Episcopi Science College

Course description

History is an exciting opportunity to study a thematic course looking at how countries have been created by change from within.

Course content

Unit 1: A World Divided: Communism and Democracy in the Twentieth Century. You will study the Russian Revolution and the USA's move from segregation to civil rights.
Unit 2: Crown, People and Parliament in England 1588-1629. The Changing relationship between Monarch and People from the Spanish Armada until the lead up to the English Civil War. 

Unit 3: France 1786-1830: Revolution, Empire and Restoration: An in-depth study which concentrates on different interpretations of the causes, events and consequences of the failure of the system of monarchy in France in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Unit 4: Roman Britian c43AD-400 - A historical enquiry of 100 years of history, which studies Britain from the successful invasion to the impact of Roman control on the inhabitants of the Isles.

Entry requirements

GCSE History at Grade B or higher. We will consider other candidates on an individual basis.


Two examinations each worth 50% of the final mark. Unit 1 is an essay paper and Unit 2 is based on the interpretation of historical sources.

Unit 3 counts for 60% of the A2 marks and is assessed by a 2 hour exam.

Unit 4 accounts for the other 40% and is internally assessed coursework made up of two parts; there will be an element of student choice in the focus of one of the enquiry questions.

Future opportunities

History A level is highly regarded by employers. The job opportunities for people with historical skills are vast. Beyond the expected professions for history graduates of Teaching, the Law, Museums and Archives, students have gone on to employment in Banking and other Financial Institutions, Television Production, Civil Service, International Relief Work, Journalism, Business, Information Technology and Politics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Huish Episcopi Science College directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years