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A Level History at Ruislip High School

Course description

At AS level students learn about two very different but fascinating periods of the past: ‘The USA from 1890-1945’ (Unit 1) and ‘A Sixties Social Revolution? British Society, 1959-1975.’ (Unit 2).

In Unit 1 students will develop a strong sense of historical perspective and understand the key features and characteristics of the period, identifying the forces of change, conservatism and consolidation. They will answer four essay questions from a choice of six.

Unit 2 provides an important contrast to Unit 1, with the understanding of change and continuity in a shorter time period. Students will use their historical skills to compare, contrast and evaluate sources. They complete two questions analysing and evaluating source material and the third question is an essay-based assessment on a historical issue.

At A2 students receive a grounding in political, economic and social history through the study of Britain from 1951-2007 (Unit 3). Finally, the coursework element (Unit 4) of this unit focuses on the Civil Rights movement in the USA between 1865 and 1980. Significant individual research is required to complete the enquiry and students write a 3,500 word essay about the importance of individuals in the Civil Rights movement.

The aim of all of these units is for students to use historical knowledge appropriately and in a clear and effective manner. Students also demonstrate their ability to explain, analyse and reach a conclusion to a wide range of historical issues. They will develop skills in evaluation using contrasting source material and will understand how aspects of the past have been interpreted and represented in different ways.


AS: Unit 1 and 2 are equally weighted at AS (50%)
A2: Unit 3 - The Making of Modern Britain (worth 60% of the AS course) and Unit 4 - Historical Investigation (worth 40%)

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 May 2015

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