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AS/A2 History at Durham High School For Girls

Course description

The course consists of British History and American History. In British History you will study the 19th century, looking at the major statesmen of the period for AS, most notably Gladstone and Disraeli, and doing internally assessed research work on the development of rights for women in Great Britain, 1867 – 1918 for A2. In American History you will focus on the origins of the American Civil War for AS, focussing particularly on the role of slavery. At A2, you will examine the issue of Civil Rights through the 19th and 20th century and also look at the issues confronting Native Americans and the struggle of women for equality through the same period.

Entry requirements

GCSE History is desirable but not essential as no background knowledge is expected. The chief requirements are an ability to write and present an argument coherently and a willingness to read, both to understand issues and to extract information. An ability to put your viewpoint in discussion is also very useful!

Future opportunities

History is much valued by a wide variety of employers as evidence of useful skills. For example, β€œThe successful conduct of business requires the use of skills well known to trained historians.” (International American Development Bank) Politicians, journalists, psychologists, marketing directors, advertising geniuses – many have studied History at A Level and beyond!You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in History, which could lead onto higher education in History or related subjects such as English, American Studies, Politics , Archaeology or more general courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to history by seeking employment in areas of heritage such as working for a museum or within education such as a teacher. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Durham High School For Girls directly.

Last updated date: 18 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year