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History A Level at Alsager School

Course description

A Level History is an exciting and thought-provoking course that gives you the opportunity to explore both Modern and Early Modern History.

1K The Making of a Superpower: USA 1865-1975
You will explore how America came to be the superpower that it is today by looking at how America unified after its catastrophic Civil War, the impact of slavery, the social and cultural developments of America and weigh up its foreign policy e.g. The Vietnam War. You will be exploring the development of modern American society and how the decisions of politicians shaped the lives of millions. (Year 12: 1865-1920 and Year 13: 1920-1975)

2S The Making of Modern Britain, 1951-2007
You will explore the changing face of modern Britain from a country without an NHS and nearly bankrupted by war, to the affluent society of the 1960s. You will examine a range of issues, for example the rise of the teenager, the impact of the Falklands War, Thatcher’s new economic policies and the “war of on terror”. You will explore the impact of the media, immigration and music has had on British society during this time. (Year 12: 1951-1979 and Year 13: 1979-2007)

Historical Investigation (Coursework) 20% A Level
This is your chance to craft a convincing argument about the gruesome rebellions in Tudor England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Through this you will explore Tudor society, religion, law and order and threats from abroad. You will carry out your own research to produce a 3000-3500 word essay.

The New A Level is taught over 2 years with a final examination at the end. You will study 1K and 2S in Year 12 and Year 13. At the end of Year 12 you will begin your Historical Investigation. Unlike the old AS system, if you decide to continue studying History in Year 13, then the Year 12 exams will not count towards your final grade. This means that you will be examined on Year 12 and Year 13 content (much like your GCSEs). If you continue to A2, you will sit 1K and 2S at the end of Year 13.

Entry requirements

You will have gained at least a Grade C in History.


100% Exam (1K and 2S)

80% exam (1K and 2S)
20% Coursework

Future opportunities

A Level History is a rigorous academic subject which is greatly valued by employers and provides opportunities for higher education in a wide range of disciplines from law to journalism. You will develop the ability to argue a case effectively, assess a range of sources and interpretations and think analytically.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 January 2016
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