Today’s society is shaped by history. The history department aims to develop students that can make sense of significant events that have changed society in order to see how individual actions have impacted on the world in which we live. The course will develop your understanding of the past, encourage debate and discussion and extend your research, analytical and communication skills.

Course Requirements

The minimum to start an advanced level course in History is a grade C in History and English. If you have not studied GCSE History you are still welcome to take AS.

Course Description and method of assessment

Modern World History: AS Examined Units

  • Pursuing Life and Liberty: Equality in the USA, 1945 - 68
  • Ideology, Conflict and Retreat: the USA in Asia 1950 - 73
  • Henry VIII: Authority, Nation and Religion 1509 - 40

Modern World History: A2 Examined Unit

  • A World Divided: Superpower Relations 1944 - 90

Modern World History: A2 Coursework Unit

  • Britain and India 1845 - 1947 (Coursework)

What you can expect from the course

  • Develop and understand historical terms and concepts;
  • Explore significant events, people and issues that shaped the twentieth century;
  • Understand, and critically use, the nature of historical evidence and the methods employed by the historian in analysis and evaluation;
  • Develop an understanding of how the past has been created, interpreted and represented;
  • Carry out the above in an in-depth research based investigation;