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History AS/A2 Level
What will you be learning?

Pupils who study History develop skills of written and oral expression and research. They are able to use these skills to solve problems and consider the validity of differing views. By the end of the course pupils will have learned how to analyse information, how to evaluate evidence and how to communicate ideas effectively. These skills are valued by both employers and universities.

Many people choose History for the good reason that they enjoy it! It should be considered as a choice at AS/A2 level because of its relevance and because the variety of skills which it fosters makes it a valuable base for many careers and higher education courses. Pupils who study History have access to a wide range of career and higher education opportunities.

It is not a requirement that pupils have studied History at GCSE in order to take AS/A Level.

Within this course there are two options to choose from:

19th/ 20th CENTURY OPTION

AS EXAMINATION
UNIT 1
Written Examination 1 hour 20 minutes.
Two topics will be studied for this unit:
1. Russia in Revolution 1881–1924 from Autocracy to Dictatorship. This topic studies the major features of Tsarist Russia, the events leading to the revolutions of 1917 and the consolidation of the Soviet State.
2. Stalin’s Russia 1924 – 1953. This topic focuses on the impact of Stalin, the nature of his popularity and the process by which the USSR became a superpower.
UNIT 2
Written Examination 1 hour 20 minutes.
Britain and the Nationalist Challenge in India 1900-1947:
This unit will consider the nature of British rule in India and the impact of the World Wars, as well as the rise of Indian nationalism and partition.

A2 EXAMINATION
UNIT 3
Written Examination 2 hours.
Britain and the Challenge of Facism C 1925 – 1960:
This unit will consider the nature of British foreign policy in relation to the European dictators and will examine the social and economic impact of the Second World War on Britain.
UNIT 4
Internally assessed assignment:
This unit will assess the significance of an aspect of Modern European History over a period of 100 years, such as Germany United and Divided 1890 - 1991

EUROPEAN/ENGLISH OPTION

AS EXAMINATION
UNIT 1
Written Examination 1 hour 20 minutes.
Two topics will be studied for this unit:
1. Luther, Lutheranism and the German Reformation 1517 – 1555:
This topic studies the significance of Luther for the Reformation and the spread of Lutheranism in Germany and beyond by 1555.
2. Meeting the Challenge? - The Catholic Reformation 1540 – 1600:
This topic focuses on the response of the Catholic church to the Lutheran Challenge and examines the extent to which the church was able to meet this through measures such as the Inquisition.
UNIT 2
Written Examination 1 hour 20 minutes.
Henry VIII: Authority, Nation and Religion – 1509 – 1540:
This unit will examine how England changed through such events as the break with Rome and the dissolution of the monasteries.

A2 EXAMINATION
UNIT 3
Written Examination 2 hours.
Protest, Crisis and Rebellion in England 1536 – 1588:
This unit examines the religious changes which took place in England under Edward, Mary and Elizabeth. The unit assesses the part these changes made in the divisions which were evident in English society at this time.
UNIT 4
Internally assessed assignment:
This unit will assess the significance of an aspect of European History over a period of 100 years, such as Spain 1474 – 1598 or France 1589 – 1715.

When? Start date: September.
Duration: 2 years.
How is it delivered? Usually as part of a full-time programme.
Availability: Current and continuing.
Time Slot: Daytime.

Who can do it? Age range: 16 - 19.

What will you be working towards?
Qualification: EDEXCEL Level 3 Advanced GCE in History (500/2237/4).
Awarding Body: EDEXCEL.
Type: A2 Level.
Sector: History.

Qualification: EDEXCEL Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in History (500/2326/3).
Awarding Body: EDEXCEL.
Type: AS Level.
Sector: History.

What happens when you have finished?
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.

Careers which demand an element of historical study include teaching, conservation and archaeology. Careers where employers view History as a useful qualification include architecture, law, broadcasting, journalism, the performing arts, accounting and business management.

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 teaching.

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.

Where Can I Find More Information?
To find out more about this qualification, contact our Admissions Manager at admissions@twggs.kent.sch.uk or by phone on 01892 520902, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.





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