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History AS Level at Wolverley CofE Secondary School

Course description

The course covers the key themes of change and continuity and topics may include: AS
- Early Tudors from the end of the Wars of the Roses to Henry VIII`s break from Rome, 1483-1530
- Aspects of the Cold War in including the Hungarian Rising and the role of Mikhail Gorbachev in the end of the Cold War or
- The USA and Vietnam, 1961-75.

- Russian Dictators, 1855-1964 or
- The Angevin Kings of England; Britain 1154-1216
- A personal study on any area of history you wish to investigate, from an aspect of Ancient Greece to the Twentieth Century.

You will analyse and assess a wide range of source materials. Discussions and debates are a feature of the young historian`s work at A Level and you will be encouraged to form your own opinions. The personal study is a chance to put into practice all the skills learned during the course, and to gain an in-depth understanding of something that really interests you. You will learn how to evaluate historical documents and you will gain an insight into some of the problems presented by unreliable evidence. The past is a dynamic study, our understanding and interpretation of it can change a lot with the discovery of a single piece of new information. The course considers how people of different ages viewed the past and how evidence was selected to record it.

Entry requirements

Ideally, a `C` grade at GCSE History is expected, as it is in English, but interest in the subject and a willingness to work are just as important.


All 4 units are externally assessed or moderated. Students will take three written exams. An overall grade for the qualification is awarded to all learners who successfully complete all units. Grades awarded are A* - E grade.

Future opportunities

A History qualification opens doors rather than shuts them. History develops such a broad range of skills that it is highly regarded by employers and universities alike. Studying History A Level doesn`t just lead to a degree in History. It can lead to courses as wide ranging as Law, English, Sociology, Media Studies and many more. And you don`t just have to become a History teacher! Careers from accountancy to media and law value the historian`s way of thinking. Students of History have become Presidents and Prime Ministers, heads of corporations and business, Head of MI5, members of the police, lawyers and judges, social workers, soldiers and generals. In fact Historians can become anything at all!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wolverley CofE Secondary School directly.

Last updated date: 23 June 2015

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