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History, AS/A2 at Christ The King College

Course description

History isn’t a subject that’s stuck in the past. Far from it. Historical events are what has shaped society worldwide into what it is today. Take the Magna Carta as a case in point. Signed in 1215, it was a charter which covered topics like taxes and citizen’s rights. But it didn’t exist in isolation. The Magna Carta wouldn’t
have happened without the Norman conquest of 1066. And there’s a direct line between the Magna Carta and the United States constitution which was signed in 1787. And of course the US Constitution is a role model for governance even today. Appreciating diversity The GCE History course has been designed to help you understand the value and significance of world events in the past. In the process you’ll gain a deeper understanding social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity. Knowing how people lived in the past helps to understand why people act like they do today.
History helps students develop a number of new skills including:
• How to assemble data and assess it
• How to investigate facts and use deduction
• How to put over your point of view fluently
• How to work as a team to achieve results.

Course content

1C The Tudors: England, 1485–1603
2R The Cold War, c1945–1991

Entry requirements

None,  but a good GCSE in History is an advantage.


2 written exams lasting 2 hours 30 minutes consisting of three questions (one compulsory)
80 marks
40% of A-level
Extended essay/Personal study
• 40 marks
• 20% of A-level
• marked by teachers
• moderated by AQA

Future opportunities

Your A Level in History gives you knowledge and skills which will prepare you for higher education, and which are also useful in any career. Students who specialise in history can go on to become historical researchers, work in heritage organisations or become teachers. But history also supports other career paths, like journalism, politics, law, social work and public services.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King College directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015
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Key information

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