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AS - History at Chase Terrace Technology College

Course description

The History department’s AS History curriculum is an AQA course consisting of two fascinating and contrasting modules: Britain, 1603 – 1642 and Peter the Great of Russia, 1682 – 1725. Unit 1: Britain, 1603-1642 This Unit provides an overview of the changing relationships between Crown, Parliament and people of Britain during the reigns of James 1 and Charles 1 to 1642. Key issues include the nature of political authority and continuity, and change in Crown-Parliament relations; the relationship between religion, politics and society; and changes in the economy and society. Spiritual and moral values feature strongly in the early seventeenth century and will be integral in the study of religion across this whole period, whether in terms of the nature of the Church of England, the nature of challenges to conformity or concepts such as the Divine Rights of Kings, Religious issues and the role of the individual are addressed through studies of James1, Charles 1, Buckingham, Laud and John Pym. Unit 2: Peter the Great, 1682-1725 This unit provides an opportunity to assess the achievements of Peter the Great and his impact on the relatively isolated Russia of the early modern period. Students will need to have an understanding of the challenges peculiar to Russia and the problems that Peter faced on his accession, but the major emphasis will be on analysis of the motives and consequences of Peter’s actions during the period 1690 -1725. This will allow students to arrive at substantiated conclusions on the nature and extent of Peter’s accomplishments and failures and to make a reasoned assessment of the role of an individual in comparison of other factors. The study of Peter allows candidates to focus on both domestic and foreign policy and to consider the degree of change and continuity during his reign. The assessment process consists of a 1 hour 15 minute exam for Unit 1 and a 1 hour 30 minute for Unit 2. There is no coursework in AS History.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in History, which could lead onto higher education in History or related subjects such as English, American Studies, Politics , Archaeology or more general courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to history by seeking employment in areas of heritage such as working for a museum or within education such as a teacher. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chase Terrace Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 07 July 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year