At a glance


Course title                                 History

Level                                           AS and A2

Exam board                                 Edexcel (www.edexcel.com)


The course is made up of 4 units assessed over two years. Units 1-3 are exams, while Unit 4 is assessed by coursework. Pupils will have to complete two enquiry questions based on their studies of the Arab-Israeli Conflict.

Course overview

  • Unit 1H Britain transformed 1918-1997 (Examination 30% of overall grade)

This option comprises a study in breadth, in which students will learn about the extent to which Britain was transformed politically, socially, economically and culturally in the years 1918–79. They will consider responses to the challenges of war, fluctuations in the economy, technological advancement and the desire for greater social equality.This option also contains a study of the impact Thatcher’s governments had on Britain, 1979–97.

  • Unit 2H The USA, 1955–92: conformity and challenge (Examination 20% of overall grade)

This option comprises a study in depth of the USA in the years 1955–92, from post-1945 affluence, through racial and political protests in the 1960s, to the rise of right-wing groups in the 1980s and the development of bitter divisions between Democrats and Republicans.

  • Unit 3 Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485-1603 (Examination 30% of overall grade)

This option explores the nature of rebellion and disorder under the Tudors and the way the various challenges were met, the nature of change in government over the period and the changing relationship between the Crown and key sections of society.

  • Unit 4 Coursework ( 20% of overall grade)

One piece of coursework (3-4,00 words) on a historical issue selected by the students