Greensteds International School
Mar 24, 2018
AS & A2 History



AS and A-level History will appeal to all those who take a critical interest in the past, and will best suit those who possess the capacity to communicate their ideas clearly. It will involve acquiring a certain amount of information but equally important will be the development or refining of certain historical skills, such as the interrogation of a variety of sources. Able students who have not previously studied the subject for public examination will not be disadvantaged if they decide to take it in the Sixth Form. Insofar as all subjects possess an historical dimension and all subjects prize critical analysis and clarity of expression, History will complement the entire range of subjects on offer at Greensteds.

At the A/AS Level, History is a challenging subject that encourages intellectual development.  It involves the interpretation and evaluation of events of the past, with an aim to understand our future.  The topics studied offer a particular thrill to the investigative mind and stimulate the development of knowledge and understanding of our political and socio-economic world.

Syllabus Content


Study leads toCambridge International Examinations in May /June.

At AS Level students will study European History of  from 1789 to 1945  


Specific topics are as follows:    

    Origins of World War 1-Evaluation of Documents-  This is a compulsory topic.
  • The French Revolution;
    Industrial Revolution
    Rise of Nationalism
    New Imperialism
    Russian Revolution

At A2 Level the student will study International History from 1945 to 1991. 


Specific topics are as follows:

    The Work and Design of the United Nations - Evaluation of documents -this is a compulsory topic.
  • The Origins of the Cold War
    The Globalisation of the Cold War - Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, Afghanistan, Iran, the Arab-Israeli Conflict and Cold War effects and influences;
    Crisis of Communism:  USSR and China Nuclear Arms Race;
    Development of the international economy



Students will sit one paper each year.
The questions test their ability to assess reasons for cause and consequence; change and effects on
the world that lead to new political, economic and social development.  The students also develop an understanding of the factors that have formed the nations of the world today and which have molded present day politics.

What can a student gain from History?


This is a subject that develops analytical skills and confidence in expression and fluency of ideas.  History also encourages the mind to appreciate world views and attitudes and prepares students for citizenship and future careers in many fields.  Among these are Communication, Law, Journalism, Archaeology, Development Studies, Politics and Government, International Relations and even Military Science, to name a few.

Universities encourage the study of History for certain courses as it enables aspiring academicians
to gain a foundation in analytical and evaluative studies that require interested minds and motivated researchers.

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