History records and interprets past events especially in relation to particular people, places and time periods.

Overview

This discipline involves the use of critical thinking, analysis, essay writing, reading and assessment of sources all of which are transferable skills, valued both by employers and universities.


Board: CIE
 

Presentations, excursions, the use of source materials and classroom seminars form the basis of the course structure.

Course Structure

Teaching begins in September (January for 18 month courses). In the first year you will cover the following topics:

  • The Origins of the American Civil War 1846-1861
  • The Origins of World War One 1900-1914 and The Origins of the Russian Revolution
 

Students may take the AS exam at the end of the first year of the programme. The second year then builds on this foundation for the completion of the full A level . The following topics will be covered:

  • The Origins and Development of the Cold War 1941-1950
  • The Cold War 1950-1991

Exam Structure

AS Exam Format

Paper 1 Paper 2
American Civil War
1 hour
World War One and The Russian Revolution
1 hour and 30 minutes
 

A2 Exam Format

Paper 1 Paper 2 Paper 3 Paper 4
The Origins of the American Civil War 1846-1861
1 hour
The Origins of World War One 1900-1914 and The Origins of the Russian Revolution,
1 hour and 30 minutes
The Origins and Development of the Cold War 1941-1950
1 hour
The Cold War 1950-1991
1 hour and 30 minutes

History One-Year A level

The board, format and content are the same as the two-year programme, but the course is covered in the space of one year. The stand-alone AS papers would not be sat.

 

Programme Requirements

Candidates should have a C grade at GCSE or equivalent. Students who have not studied history previously may still be considered, but they will need to have a strong interest in the subject and a good level of English.

Related Further Study and Careers

History is a facilitating subject that is well respected by universities. Clearly, history is one of the destined degree subjects for A level History students, but it also prepares students for a wide range of humanities and other subjects, including Law.


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