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History AS & A2 Level at The Westgate School

Course description

At Year 12 or AS Level:

 Unit Y113: Britain 1930-1997 (Enquiry topic: Churchill 1930-1951). This unit requires students to study British Political History of the era, and use their depth of knowledge to answer one essay style question in the final examination. They will also use their source skills to answer a source based enquiry question on Winston Churchill.

Unit Y221: Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919-1963. This Unit requires students to study Germany from 1919-63. Candidates are expected to use their depth of knowledge to answer 1 source based question and 1 essay based question on the period.

At A Level:

Unit Y100: Topic based essay. Students will undertake a substantial piece of work in which they can develop and practise the skills of the historian for themselves, drawing together the skills they have already acquired and expand them further. The study of interpretations, and an investigation, provides the opportunity to make connections between different aspects of the topic and to appreciate the way changing views of issues and problems have affected the work of historians.

Unit Y306: Rebellion and Disorder under the Tudors 1485-1603. This requires students to have a breadth of knowledge and be able to compare and contrast interpretations as well as being able to recognise the key themes of the era.

Entry requirements

GCSE History - Grade B; GCSE English Language – Grade B

To continue to A Level – Grade D at AS History


Unit Y113: Examined Source and Essay Paper (1hour 30 mins). Students must answer 2 source based questions and 1 out of 2 essay questions must also be answered.

Unit Y221: Examined Essay Paper (1 hour) 2 questions must be answered.

Unit y100: Coursework

Unit Y306: Thematic study and historical interpretations. (2 hours 30 mins) 3 questions out of 4 must be answered, two are worth 25 marks and one is worth 30 marks.

Future opportunities

The study of history opens up a wide range of careers needing general academic qualifications as well as those requiring specific historical knowledge. An A Level in History will be useful for careers in law, civil service, journalism, personnel management, public relations, social work, politics, police force, media and many more and as a facilitating subject, is looked upon favourably by Russell Group Universities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

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