The central theme of the course is the search for rights and freedoms in modern history, from the First World War, through the rise of the American power and victories in World Wars. It will also cover the post-war social changes, such as civil rights,and the difficulties faced in Vietnam. The modern history of South Africa will also be studied, from racial apartheid to Nelson Mandela. During the second year, students will study a particular aspect of American history for their coursework and will also study British social history.
History: Modern American AS / A Level
Searching for Rights and Freedom in the Twentieth Century
History is the study of past events which uses a narrative to examine and analyse the sequence of those events and sometimes attempts to investigate, objectively, the reasons that caused them. This course will focus both on American history over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and international and British history since 1945.
Exam Board: Edexcel
STARTS IN SEPTEMBER
What will I study and learn?
How is the course assessed?
20% coursework, 80% exams
What courses would combine well with this course?
AS/A level history goes well with any of the humanities – government and politics and also with subjects such as English and sociology.
What skills will I need for the course?
The main qualification for studying the subject is a real interest in and enjoyment of history, a willingness to read widely, to participate in discussion, to think, to use your imagination and to keep an open mind. You will need to be able to develop good essay writing skills.
What formal entry requirements will I need?
You will need an average GCSE points score of 5.5 including GCSE English at grade 6 or History at grade B.
The average points score for entry to an A Level programme will be calculated using your 8 best GCSEs OR 6 GCSEs plus 1 technical qualification (equivalent to a maximum of 2 GCSEs and 10 points).
From 2017 English Language, English Literature and Mathematics GCSE will be graded numerically (1 – 9. Grade 5 = a good grade C, grade 6 = grade B and grade 7 = grade A).
To work out your average and find out more information, please see our Entry Requirements page.
What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?
The skills that History A Level develops are highly prized in higher education and by employers. Only a minority of AS/A Level students and history graduates go on to use the subject in a related career like teaching, research or museum work. Journalism, the Civil Service and law view history skills as indispensable. Advertising, leisure management, market research and even computing value the investigative and analytical skills of history.
Are there any costs involved?
You will need to pay for conferences, trips, visits, fieldwork, textbooks and some printed workbooks. Total cost should not exceed £70 for each year of the course.