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History AS Level at Saffron Walden County High School

Course description

History challenges students to analyse the cause and consequences of significant
historical events and developments over time. It also assesses a student’s ability to
evaluate primary source material and claims made by historians. The new A-Level
specifications cover a wider chronological range in greater depth than before. This
is an excellent opportunity to engage far more deeply with historical
developments and debates related to the topics of study

Course content

The following units are studied:
Unit 1 Breadth Study: Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855–1964
Year 12:
Tsarism in crisis and the Russian Revolutions. 1855-1917
Year 13:
The establishment of the Communist dictatorship under Lenin, Stalin and
Khrushchev. 1917-1964
Unit 2 Depth Study: The Wars of the Roses, 1437–1487
Year 12:
Rebellion, civil war and the crisis of medieval kingship. 1437-1461
Year 13:
The death throes of medieval England and the emergence of the
Tudors. 1461-1487
Unit 3 Independent Investigation
(Year 13 only)
100 year investigation of Imperial, Weimar and Nazi Germany. c.1848-1945

Entry requirements

GCSE 5 in History and English


Year 12
Unit 1: Examination of 1 hour 30 minutes (50%)
Unit 2: Examination of 1 hour 30 minutes (50%)
Year 13
Unit 1: Examination of 2 hours 30 minutes (40%)
Unit 2: Examination of 2 hours 30 minutes (40%)
Unit 3: Coursework (20%)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saffron Walden County High School directly.

Last updated date: 18 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year