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History AS/A2 Level at Woodlands School

Course description


Among the many benefits, this course is designed to help candidates to develop their interest in and enthusiasm for history, and an understanding of its intrinsic value and significance. They will also build upon their understanding of the past through experiencing a broad and balanced course of study.

They will acquire an understanding of different identities within society and an appreciation of social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity through the study of aspects of Britain and non-British history. Students will develop highly effective historical skills such as analysis, comparison, hypotheses creation, verbal reasoning and evaluation.

Course content




AS Level

At AS level, Unit 1 provides an overview of the internal development of the French Revolution and its impact on major European states. The political, social and economic impact of the Revolution and of the ensuing period of Napoleonic rule are the main issues. This unit raises important issues about the relative strengths of the revolutionary and conservative forces and the nature and impact of political change.

Unit 2 provides an opportunity to investigate the problems faced by the United States, both at home and abroad, as a result of the increasing involvement in Vietnam and the Cold War context in which the war was fought.

Advanced (A2 Level)

At A2, Unit 3 promotes an understanding of change and continuity over approximately 50 years. Through the  study of key events and individuals such as Gladstone and Lord Salisbury, students will demonstrate an understanding of ideas such as socialism, nationalism and liberalism and other factors such as the impact of changing patterns of economic growth and their relative importance to the processes of change and consolidation in politics and society.

For Unit 4, students are required to submit a Historical Enquiry, based  on the investigation of a historical issue, demonstrating a synoptic understanding of an issue over 100 years. The focus will be on Russia from 1866-1966, from the Tzars through to Lenin, Stalin and Khrushchev.

Entry requirements


Minimum entry requirement is a grade C in a Humanities subject at GCSE, or A* to B in English Language at GCSE.


Exam for each unit studied.

Future opportunities


The course is suitable for those students who want to develop their historical skills further, students who want to go on to university study and careers in accountancy, business, education, media and law.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years