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History AS/A2 Level at Northampton School for Boys

Course description

In Year 12 you will study the theme of “Russia 1917-1991: From Lenin to Yeltsin”, and “Mao’s China 1949-1976”. 

In Year 13 there are also two units; one on “Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors 1485-1603” and another on “Ireland 1900-1976.”

We have chosen these topics to provide a wide range of historical understanding from very different periods of time.  They provide a Britain and European focus but also an understanding of the emerging giant of the Twenty First Century, China.  We hope you will find these courses both rewarding and will stimulate a passion for History throughout the rest of your life.

Entry requirements

Along with the school’s minimum requirements, you will need a minimum grade B in History if you have studied it at GCSE and a minimum grade B in GCSE English.  Not all of the students that have successfully studied the subject at AS/A2 Levels have had previous experience of History at GCSE. 

The course is open to anyone who has an interest in History, a curiosity about the past and the standard Sixth Form entry requirement.   However, a good standard of literacy will be expected.


As well as termly tests and internal examinations you will sit three externally set examinations at the end of the course in Year 13.  The coursework unit will be internally marked and moderated externally.   The examination board we use is Edexcel.  Specifications 8HI0 Options 1E and 2E1.  For A2 9HI0 Options 31 and 04.   The Historical Enquiry or Coursework comprises of one essay of between 3,000 and 4,000 words.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Northampton School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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Key information

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