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History AS Level at Driffield School

Course description

Students  wishing  to  follow  this  course  can  gain  AS qualifications in Y12 and then proceed to A2 in Y13. You  will  learn  that  History  teaches  you  to  think  in  a combination of ways not found in any other subject.  Historians and students of History have to use sources as evidence to answer questions about the way people behaved thought and felt in the past.  Students of History have to deal with problems of bias and prejudice, often found  in  sources;  consider  various  feelings,  attitudes and points of view which are often quite different from their own; try to identify reasons why particular events happened, why things changed over a period of time; and study the role of particular individuals or groups in the past. The Historian has to make judgements about human nature and behaviour.  There is still considerable emphasis on being able to write History in the form of essays,  but  also  shorter  explanations,  accounts  and analyses are common tasks.

Course content

Unit 1 - Saxon/Norman England 1035-1107
Unit 2 - Cold War in Europe 1941-95
Unit 3 - Britain and Ireland 1791-1921
Unit 4 Personal Study Based on Unit 3

Entry requirements

5 A*-C in any subjects at GCSE, with at least a Grade B in History included in this.  If you have not studied History, please see Mr. Rees for an interview to discuss options.


AS  unit  1.  Written  exam,  1  hour  30  minutes,  testing concepts and knowledge. Source Based. 25% of total.
AS  unit  2.  Written  exam,  1  hour  30  minutes,  testing interpretation skills and knowledge. 15% of total.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 October 2017

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