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History AS Level at West Kirby Grammar School

Course description

WHY CHOOSE HISTORY? This course complements the concepts, knowledge and skills of GCSE History but no prior knowledge of the periods studied is expected.  Advanced Subsidiary Level and Advanced Level History helps students to develop an ability to select relevant information, analyse problems and present well reasoned and well supported written and oral arguments.

Course content

CONTENT - Advanced Subsidiary Level

Unit 1: 50% of total AS marks

Module 1: Change and Consolidation - Britain 1906 - 1951

Unit 2: 50% of total AS marks - Historical Issues - Periods of Change

Module 2: The USA and Vietnam1961 - 1975

Entry requirements

AS Level

  • Entry onto AS courses is conditional on you achieving at least five B grades at GCSE Level which must include the subjects you intend to study
  • If you are starting a new subject at AS Level such as Psychology or Film Studies you must achieve a B grade in a related subject at GCSE Level such as Science or English
  • All students must also achieve at least a C grade in Mathematics and English Language



Unit 1: 1 written examination of 1 hour 15 minutes - 2 questions to be answered from a choice of 3 two-part questions.

Unit 2: 1 written examination of 1 hour 30 minutes. 1 compulsory two-part, source-based question and 1 two part question from a choice of 2.

Future opportunities


History is a valuable qualification. The training in logical analysis, relevant selection and presentation of convincing, well-supported arguments is appropriate and useful in many careers. In recent years A level Historians have entered the following careers: Archaeology, Archivist, Broadcasting, Economist, Publishing, Law and the Diplomatic Service. In recent years History has been chosen as an Advanced Level subject by some students going on to study Medicine.

Further information


GCSE History is useful but not essential and, if achieved, at least a B grade is required. Students have been very successful at Advanced Level History without having any previous qualification in History. It is more important to have a keen interest and curiosity about History and a willingness to work hard and follow advice.

Students should be willing to read widely, write/add to their own notes, use information to produce analytical, well argued essays and to study a variety of sources both primary and secondary. Students are expected to show initiative and to take responsibility for furthering their studies in class and at home.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 school year