About this course
The History AS programme is a one-year course of study and should be taken in conjunction with two or three other subjects and the Welsh Baccalaureate.
Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, this qualification offers learners the opportunity to develop and practice the skills of an historian, covering a breadth of study areas.
What you will study
During the course the following areas will be covered:
Government, Rebellion and Society in Wales and England c.1485-1603
Students will consider developments in Wales and England over a broad timescale considering significant topics and their links such as:
- The significance of the main changes in politics and government 1485- 1603
- The significance of the main developments in religion 1529-1588
- The significance of the main protests and rebellions against the Tudor monarchs 1509-1569
- The extent of social and economic change in the sixteenth century
- The changing relationship between Wales and England after 1530
Unit 2: Germany: Democracy to Dictatorship c.1918-1945
Part 1: Weimar and its challenges c.1918-1933
Through analysing and evaluating a range of different types of primary and/or contemporary sources students will explore:
- The challenges facing the Weimar republic 1918- 1923
- The extent of change in foreign and economic policy 1924-1929
- The changing fortunes of the Nazi party 1924- 1933
- The crisis of the Weimar republic 1929-1933
Historical interpretations of key issues from this period
A Level Pathways have the following minimum entry requirements: Scholars 4 A Levels with EPQ: 9 GCSEs A*-C including Maths and English Language AND 5 A*-A grades 3 A Levels with Welsh Baccalaureate: 8 GCSEs A*-C including Maths and English Language AND 5 A*-B grades 2 A Levels and 1 BTEC Extended Certificate with Welsh Baccalaureate: 8 GCSEs A*-C including Maths and English Language AND 3 A*-B grades 2 A Levels with Welsh Baccalaureate: 6 GCSEs A*-C including Maths and English Language AND 1 A*-B grades 1 AS Level with 1 BTEC Extended Certificate or 2 BTEC Extended Certificates with Welsh Baccalaureate: 5 GCSEs A*-C including Maths and English Language Individual Subject Entry Requirement Maths minimum: C English Language minimum: B Other Requirement: B in GCSE History
Teaching and assessment
Two written exams
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- Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
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- Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
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I came to the College as I wanted to travel and become more independent – it’s so modern and looks amazing. When I saw the library I was sold. Honestly the library was my main pull, there are so many books I loved it.
Someone came in to speak to us about the Sutton Trust, which gives students a taste of life at American universities. I applied - it was really competitive but I got in. We went to a different state every day, and we went to different colleges including Princeton and Harvard. I also had a week at Warwick Uni and a week at Nottingham Uni. It was so good – I just loved it.
You have a lot of support at the College, especially from the Careers and Ideas team. I think there are a lot more opportunities here as it is such a big college with so many resources.
Career prospects & further study
On completion of the A Level programme, the majority of our students progress onto universities across the country and beyond. Based on this course, there are many options but below are just a few examples of degree programmes you could go on to study at University:
- English Literature
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