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AS/A level History at Forge Valley School

Course description

Are you fascinated by the past and the influence it has on our life today? The study of history is said to have a civilising influence on our society as we learn from the mistakes of the past. Studying history will show you how our current political, social and ethical ideals were shaped and developed.

Course content

There are two components to the AS History Course.

· Component 1: Breadth Study

· Component 2: Depth Study


We are looking at offering the following:

Component 1: Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603–1702

This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:

• How far did the power of the monarchy change?

• To what extent and why was power more widely shared during this period?

• Why and with what results were there disputes over religion?

• How effective was opposition?

• How important were ideas and ideology?

• How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?

Component 2: USA: Conflict at Home and Abroad, 1945–1976

Students will study a period of social, political and cultural upheaval in the USA, examining major conflict, both foreign and domestic, and its impact on the American people. The unit will focus on two key areas of American History: The Campaign for African-American Civil Rights and America's involvement in the Vietnam war.


There are three components to the new A Level History Course.

· Component 1: Breadth Study

· Component 2: Depth Study

· Component 3: Historical Investigation (Personal Study)


You will study Component 1 and Component 2 at A level in more detail and depth than at AS.


Component 3: Non-British Historical Investigation (Modern China)

The purpose of the Historical Investigation is to enable students to develop the skills, knowledge and historical understanding acquired through the study of the examined components of the specification.

Through undertaking the Historical Investigation students will develop an enhanced understanding of the nature and purpose of history as a discipline and how historians work.



Entry requirements

Five or more GCSEs Grade 9-4/A*-C or equivalent, including Grade 4 in English.

Grade 4 in History if studied.


AS - 2 external exams

Component 1: Breadth Study, 1 hour 30 minutes (50% of AS)

Component 2: Depth Study, 1 hour 30 minutes (50% of AS)


Advanced Level - 2 external exams and one coursework assignment

Component 1: Breadth Study. 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of A level)

Component 2: Depth Study. 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of A level)

Component 3: A personal study based on Modern China, 3000-3500 words

(20% of A level)

Future opportunities

This qualification could prepare you for further study in this area or would complement other humanities based courses. It also provides you with many skills you will need to study further such as discussion, research skills and essay writing.

AS History is useful to those wanting to study a range of courses at university. This could include courses such as history, archaeology, law or medicine.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 08 October 2018
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