AS History is an exciting opportunity to study a thematic course looking at how countries have been created by change from within.
Course Content and Assessment
Unit 1: The Early Stuarts and the origins of the Civil War
1603-1660 - You will study the causes and the course
and outcome of the First Civil War and a focus topic on
the execution of Charles I and the Interregnum.
Unit 2: The French revolution and the rule of Napoleon
1774-1815 - You will study the causes, course and
outcome of the French Revolution and the dramatic rise
to power of Napoleon, the nature of his rule and the
reasons for his fall.
Assessment - Two examinations each worth 50% of the
final mark. Unit 1 is an essay paper and Unit 2 is based
on the interpretation of historical sources.
Unit 3: Civil rights in the USA 1865-1992 - You will
study the struggle faced by citizens, including African
Americans, Native Americans and women in the United
States, to gain equality before the law. There will be
in-depth studies on Civil Rights 1875-95, the New Deal
and Civil Rights and Malcolm X and Black Power.
Unit 4: Topic Based Essay - This is the coursework
element of the A Level ; you will complete a personal
historical investigation based on using a range of
sources and interpretations, the essay will require
students to develop an understanding of how
historians work. The topic focus this year is based
around the English Civil War, the French Revolution
and a short taught course on the Russian Revolution.
Students will choose their own individual studies
within these topics.
Assessment - Unit 3 counts for 60% of the A2 marks
and is assessed by a 2 hour exam.
Unit 4 accounts for the other 40% and is internally
assessed coursework made up of two parts; there will be
an element of student choice in the focus of one of the
Extending Your Experience
We intend to offer some day visits to London to
enhance the study of work in Unit 1. With the Art
Department we will offer a five day visit to Paris and
Versailles to enhance our studies for Unit 2. We will
offer other visits as and when exhibitions and sites are
Why Should I Study this Course?
If you enjoy the study of the past, both for its own sake
and also for the light it throws on the present, then
History A Level is for you. The study of History trains
you to select relevant information, assess the validity of
an argument, think and write logically, make informed
judgements about controversial issues and present
a well-ordered case backed by supporting evidence,
thereby equipping you for a wide variety of careers.
History is considered a worthwhile A level subject for
entry to almost all degree courses. The A Level History
course will furthermore provide those applying for
predominantly scientific courses with academic breadth.
GCSE History at grade B or higher. We will consider
other candidates on an individual basis.
Where will this Course take me?
History AS level is highly regarded by employers. The
job opportunities for people with historical skills are
vast. Beyond the expected professions for History
graduates of Teaching, the Law, Museums and Archives,
students have gone on to employment in Banking and
other Financial Institutions, Television Production, Civil
Service, International Relief Work, Journalism, Business,
Information Technology and Politics.
Mrs Maxwell is a vastly experienced head of subject who has worked at the academy for many years. She continues to observe the fascination that History holds for many of our students. Mrs Maxwell teaches across all key stages and has a particular interest in topics that show the power of ordinary people such as the English Civil War, the US Civil Rights Movement, and the French and Russian revolutions. When not teaching, Mrs Maxwell enjoys reading and holidays in France.