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History at Adams' Grammar School

Course description

If you have a fascination for finding out what has happened in the past, love reading and thinking critically about accounts of the past, are interested in what motivates people and have an ability to talk and write about ideas, concepts and issues, then History could well be the subject for you! You should also be willing to work hard, enthusiastically and, sometimes, independently.

Course content

There are two units in both AS and A2 course.
AS - students study Britain 1603-1642 and also the forging of the italian national 1848 - 1871.

A2 - students study The emergence of a great power? Spain 1492 - 1555. They also complete a personal study of around 3,500 words.

Entry requirements

Students should have enjoyed GCSE History and have achieved at least a grade B.


The exam board is AQA. Syllabus: History AS/A level GCE Code: 1041/2041
Two modules taken in summer of Lower Sixth year:
HIS1D Britain 1603 - 1642
HIS2G The forging of the italian national 1848 - 1871

Two modules are taken in June of Upper Sixth year:
HIS3C The emergence of a great power? Spain 1492 - 1556
HIS4X Historical Enquiry: students may choose the taught module (Italy 1870-1992) followed by completion of an extended essay or a personal course of study, agreed with the tutor, followed by completion of an extended essay.

Future opportunities

History is a fully acceptable component of qualifications for entry into a wide range of degree and other further education courses, as well as to many careers and professions. This includes business and human resources on account of the common sense insights into human behaviour and problem solving abilities which the subject develops. Common careers for History graduates include teaching, the law, business management and the armed services.

Further information

Please contact Head of Department Mrs Howarth. Also go to

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Adams' Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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