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History AS Level at St Peter's School, Huntingdon

Course description

History matters.

You will study issues and events which still have an impact on life today. Lessons will offer you opportunities to debate and discuss your ideas and the thoughts of others and to participate in group work.

  • You will develop analysis and evaluation skills to present clear, balanced arguments using evidence to support your ideas.
  • You will communicate ideas across a wide range of areas.

History at A level is an interesting and challenging subject that is well regarded by employers and universities. Studying History also complements most other AS subjects specifically those such as English and Sociology.

'History is the record of everything that has ever happened to anyone, anywhere.If you are not interested in history, there is something wrong with you!' John D. Clare.

Course content

You will study two units at AS level

AS Unit 1 -

  • The Expansion and Challenge of Fascism.

Within this unit you will cover two topics.

  • The Collapse of the Liberal State and The Triumph of Fascism in Italy 1896 - 1943 and
  • from Second Reich to Third Reich : Germany 1918 - 45.

The Italy section looks at the problems after unification and the rise and fall of the dictator Mussolini.The German section studies the development of Germany from autocracy to democracy and the rise of Hitler.

You will answer one question on Italy and one question on Germany out of a choice of two for each in your exam

  • Unit 2 - Britain c1860 - 1930: The Changing Position of Women and the Suffrage Question.

This looks at the changing social and political position of Women, and considers groups such as the Suffragettes. This unit is a source-based unit.

Entry requirements

To study AS History you need

  • 5 GCSEs at C or above, one of which must be English.
  • You are also required to have studied History at GCSE and
  • have achieved a grade C or above.

A keen interest in how the world has developed and is developing is also key to success!


The course comprises of two exams in Year 12. One of those exams involves source related essay questions; the other involves structured essay answers.

Financial information

There are no costs involved; however, you may have the opportunity to participate in trips which will need to be funded.

Future opportunities

History is a well-respected academic subject; both employers and universities consider it to be a valuable exam qualification.

The skills developed in History are relevant to many areas of employment so this course keeps your options open.

Many famous names in politics, business, entertainment, media and sport have studied History- from Sacha Baron Cohen to Gerald Corbett, Michael Mansfield, Steve Coppell, Neil Tennant, Dermot Murnaghan, Salman Rushdie and Gordon Brown- to name but a few!

Further information

Contact Mrs E Bowater for further information. Delivery: Full-time

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Peter's School, Huntingdon directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year