Why study History at this level?For both the pragmatic benefits, and out of a sense of intellectual curiosity.History is often a useful grounding for those interested in a career in the law, for example.History can also become a lifelong interest.
The AS exam consist of one 3 hour paper and the A Level, of two.If AS is taken first then only one paper is written in each year, in effect. There is no coursework requirement.
The modules to be studied are
- Modern European History from 1789-1939.This consists of options like the French Revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte, 19th Century Nationalism, The Russian Revolution and Totalitarianism between the Wars, 1919-1939
- Modern American History 1840-1968.This consists of options like Slavery, the American Civil War, Reconstruction, The Roaring Twenties, The Great Depression, The New Deal and The Civil Rights Movement
Assessment is in the form of essays and source work.A good grounding at IGCSE level is, therefore, essential.