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History (Ancient History) AS and A Level

York College

Sim Balk Lane, York, YO23 2BB

GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Level 3
History, Philosophy and Theology

Course Summary

History has rightly been described as an ‘argument without end'. It offers no fixed answers but some insight into what it is to be a human being and real training in logical thought, data-handling and the attractive expression of ideas. It is also great fun.

Course Details

You will study Greek and Roman history, the views of ancient historians and how the ancient world was viewed by them. We will be looking at a period of at least 75 years and the in-depth study will look at social, economic, political, cultural, religious, technological and military factors involved in a particular event or situation.

We usually visit Greece or Rome and visit UK locations such as the British Museum or Roman Chester.

Preliminary reading
The Classical World by Robin Lane Fox.

How will it be delivered?

You will typically be in College four days per week, with lesson style varying according to subject. In-College delivery is supported by online resources, and students develop strong independent learning skills to equip them for their next steps.

This course is 100% exam-based and will be assessed at the end of the first year for the AS qualification and at the end of the two years for the A2 qualification.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 subjects at grade 5 or above at GCSE plus English Language at grade 4 or above. You must have achieved a grade 5 in either History (if studied), English Language, or Religious Studies.

Your next steps...

You should consider studying A Level History if you intend to take a degree in history or a closely related subject such as politics, or if you intend to follow a course in higher education for which history is a suitable preparation (such as law). Past students have gone into careers in law, teaching and museum curation.

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