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A-Level (AS/A2) in History at Archbishop Holgate's School

Course description

Students choose to study History because it involves a fascinating journey into exploring past societies, individuals, ideas and values. History is regarded by employers as an excellent subject for developing analytical ability and the capacity for debate. The subject is highly regarded by admissions tutors for universities, as it equips you with so many transferable skills.

You should have good written and communication skills. You will develop the ability to construct academic arguments in addition to evaluating evidence from a wide range of sources.

Course content

The History course in Year 12 will consist of two topics each worth 50% of the marks.

The first part of the course will be based around a study of the American Civil War. Students will develop an understanding of the way that the existence of slavery divided North and South to the point that they became embroiled in a bloody and devastating Civil War between 1861 and 1865.

The second part of the course will look at Post War Britain 1945-1999. This will include the study of key issues such as the Post War Recovery and the creation of the Welfare State, as well as the Suez Crisis of 1956, the Swinging Sixties and the Profumo Affair. The course will end by looking at Mrs Thatcher and the impact of events like the Falklands War and Miners’ Strike.

In Year 13 students will study one other aspect of World History and complete coursework on an agreed topic worth 50% of the marks. At this point we are happy for our students to help pick these topics based on agreed areas of interest.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Sixth Form are 5 A*- C at GCSE, including English and Mathematics, although certain courses will have specific requirements.


Year 12 - 100% Exam - Two ninety minute papers

Year 13 - 50% Exam and 50% Coursework

Financial information

Over the duration of this course students may be required to attend visits to further their learning. If there are any cost implications student will be notified in advance and financial support may be offered to students who would have difficulty funding such visits.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact us on 01904 411341 or email (sixthform@, your school/college careers staff or get further information and advice from

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Holgate's School directly.

Last updated date: 02 July 2014
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