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History AS A2 at Thomas Becket Catholic School

Course content

 History is concerned with more than the accumulation of facts and dates. It is about understanding not just What? And How? But Why? It involves interpretation, debate, formulation of judgement and intuition. Students learn to analyse causes and consequences of historical events and to become aware of change and continuity in the past. Studying History develops particular skills of handling evidence, considering alternatives, constructing arguments and presenting ideas in a variety of ways.

Entry requirements

A background gained from studying GCSE History would be useful but not essential.  Students should be prepared to think for themselves and to study independently. Students will discover that the more they read the better they are likely to write and this is vitally important in A level History.


To get a certificate for Advanced Subsidiary (AS), you will need to have studied and been assessed on 3 AS units. To get a certificate for Advanced GCE, you will need to have studied and been assessed on the 3 AS units, plus 3 further units, known as A2 units, making a total of 6 units. The AS units of work you will study are as follows : Module One :             Nazi Germany 1933 – 1945                                    A document study Module Two : Britain 1899 – 1918                                    Liberals and Labour 1899 – 1918                                    Inter-war Domestic Problems 1918 – 1939 Module Three :          World 1919 – 1989                                    USSR 1924 – 1953                                    International Relations 1919 – 1939The A2 units of work you will study are as follows : Module Four :            Chamberlain and Anglo-German Relations 1918 – 1939 Module Five :             Russian Dictatorship 1855 – 1956 Module Six :               Extended essay from a list of 10 choices ( 2 500 words )

Future opportunities

It is not true that studying History is only essential if you want to become a History teacher! There are certain careers for which History has a particular relevance such as Archaeology, Museum, Library and Archive work but people with a qualification in History are found in all walks of life such as : LawPoliticsJournalismPublishingRetailThe Civil Service

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thomas Becket Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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