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History A-Level *Fees payable* at Brentwood School

Course description

The AS Level course at Brentwood has been structured to build on work done at GCSE but also to offer stimulating new areas of study. There is clear continuity and progression between AS and A2.

The AS course contrasts political developments in Russia 1855-1917 with the development of democracy in Britain.

In the AS course, students study two modules. Unit 1 is assessed by a one and a quarter hour paper. Unit 2 is assessed by a one and a half hour exam paper.

Course content

AS Unit 1: How effectively did Russia’s rulers respond to pressures for change between 1855-1917?

This unit provides an overview of Russian history under the last three Tsars and specifically of the period of accession of Alexander II during the Crimean War to the revolutions of 1917. There is an opportunity to examine the roles of individuals such as Alexander II, Alexander lll and Nicholas II and to investigate the factors working for and against change as well as investigating how and why groups reacted to change. There will be extensive opportunities for to consider a range of interpretations of how Russia developed in this period. The study of events between 1855 to 1917 will enable students to compare, explain and access the nature, pace and extent of change. Key political developments will be studied as well as social and economic trends leading up the establishment of the first communist government.

AS Unit 2: Historical Issues: Periods of Change

Britain 1905-1918: The Impact of New Liberalism

This unit provides the opportunity to investigate the impact of New Liberalism in both peace and war. Students will gain a broad understanding of the state of Britain at the turn of the century, and the challenges that governments faced at this time laying down the foundations of the Welfare State. What was the impact of the Liberal governments on Britain 1905-1918? What should we make of the governments and ministers who brought in early welfare reforms slashed the power of the House of Lords, and seemed to be losing control of a Britain heading for revolution? Why was action taken then and not before and what were the real reasons for this unprecedented increase in government action?

In the A2 course, students follow two other units. Unit 3 is assessed by a one and half hour examination. Unit 4 is a coursework unit based upon a Historical Enquiry.

A2 Unit 3: The State and People

Britain 1918-1964

This unit provides an understanding of change and continuity in Britain from the end of the First World War to the election of 1964, through periods of peace and war to an era of consensus and affluence. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of important individuals, such as Ramsay MacDonald, Stanley Baldwin, Winston Churchill, Clement Attlee and key ideas such as socialism, liberalism and conservatism.

A2 Unit 4 Historical Enquiry

With teacher guidance, students choose an historical issue to investigate over the course of one hundred years of history.

Grade B in GCSE History is the minimum requirement for study at AS Level.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 November 2015

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