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History AS/A2 at Magdalen College School

Course description

The course aims to look at a spread of periods; ranging from the earliest we can do: medieval history with the first crusade; to as up to date as we can go, with Britain in the 1980s. Great themes like war and religion are explored in AS with the Crusades and taken up again in A2 with the Tudor Rebellions. Great characters and the role of the individual in history are taken up with Gladstone and Disraeli in Liberals and Conservatives in AS; and with Thatcher in A2. Something certainly to fascinate anyone interested in history and containing I am sure a few surprises

Course content

The course offers students the opportunity to study History in length and breadth as well as to develop expertise in a variety of skills and to acquire and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the periods studied. It also enables students to study:-

Significant events, individuals and issues

A range of historical perspectives

The diversity of society

The history of more than one country or state

A substantial element of English history

Continuity and change over a period of time.

Entry requirements

Normally you will need 4 GCSE passes at Grade C or above including English, and History at Grade B, if taken.


For the AS year students take two papers of equal weight: a source paper on the First Crusade; and an essay paper on nineteenth century British history, Liberals and Conservatives.

In A2, students will study for an essay paper on Rebellions under the Tudors which will comprise 30% of the final A2 mark. They will also be completing two pieces of course work on Britain under Margaret Thatcher 1979-1990. There will be two pieces of course work, both of up to 2 000 words consisting of 20% of the final mark.

Financial information

You may need to purchase some additional material for further reading and investigation.

Future opportunities

History opens up a variety of particular career paths including; Law, Solicitors, Journalism, Media, Teaching, Archaeology, Museums and Librarians. It is also recognised as an A Level that develops strong thinking and literacy skills which are valued in the broader world of work.

Further information

History combines well with English Literature, Sociology, Economics, Politics, Art, Business Studies, R.E, Communication Studies plus any other subject related to the Humanities.

It can also be taken with other subjects as a fourth AS to offer a broader curriculum or to follow a personal interest alongside a more career orientated path eg. sciences.

For further information please contact Mr T Hughes.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Magdalen College School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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