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AS & A Level History Textbooks

History AS and A Level will be taught from 2015, with AS first being awarded and 2016 and A Level in 2017.

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Products

Below are some of the top titles from the key A Level History series'. As well as buying physical copies you can get lots of these titles as TECbooks, just look out for products that state prices "from" and pick a length of subscription.

Jump to a series: Access to History (Hodder) - AQA 2015 A/AS Level History (CUP) - AQA A-Level History (Hodder) - Edexcel A Level History (Pearson) - History + For Edexcel A Level (Hodder) - OCR A Level History (Hodder) - A Level History for AQA (OUP)

Access To History - Hodder Education

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AQA 2015 A/AS Level History - Cambridge University Press

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AQA A-Level History - Hodder Education

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Edexcel A Level History - Pearson Education

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History + For Edexcel A Level - Hodder Education

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OCR A Level History - Hodder Education

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Oxford A Level History For AQA - Oxford University Press 

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Digital Products

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Core Content

Below are some of the key points from the government document on subject content for AS & A Level History.

  • Students are required to study:
    • the history of more than one country or state (at least one outside of the British Isles)
    • aspects of the past in breadth (through period and/or theme) and in depth
    • significant individuals, societies, events, developments and issues within a broad historical context
    • developments affecting different groups within the societies studied
    • a range of appropriate historical perspectives, for example aesthetic, cultural, economic, ehtnic, political, religious, scientific, social or technological
    • topics from a chronological range of at least 200 years (A)
    • a substantial (a minimum of 20 per cent) and coherent element of British history and/or the history of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales (A)
    • change and/or development over a period of time sufficient to demonstrate understanding of the process of change, both long term (normally at least 100 years) and short term (A)
  • Students should be able to show the following skills:
    • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the aspects of history studied and historical debates
    • demonstrate their breadth of historical knowledge and understanding by making links and drawing comparisons between different aspects of the period, society or themes studied
    • demonstrate their understanding of key historical terms and historical concepts, such as change, continuity, causation, consequences and significance
    • analyse and evaluate the causes and consequences of historical events and situations, and changes and developments in the periods and/or themes studied
    • analyse and evaluate the significance of individuals, groups, events, developments and ideas in history, where appropriate
    • use historical sources critically in their context, deploying appropriate information and reaching substantiated conclusions
    • comprehend, analyse and evaluate how the past has been interpreted in different ways including in historians' debates
  • Students are required to develop an understanding of the nature and purpose of history as a discipline and how historians work (A)
  • A level specifications require students to carry out a historical enquiry that is independently researched and that investigates specific historical questions, problems or issues

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