Learn why things happened and the effect that they had, with A-Level History. Throughout this course you will critically evaluate the world around you and gain skills that will be beneficial for a range of careers.
• From Pitt to Peel: Britain 1783-1853
• British period study: British Government in the Age of Revolution
• Peel and the use of Reform 1832-1853
• Critical use of evidence in investigating and assessing historical questions, problems and issues
• Non–British period study: Russia 1894-1941
• Analyse and evaluate historians’ interpretations of aspects of the course they have studied
• Thematic study and historical interpretations
• Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992
• Thematic study over a period of at least 100 years
• Evaluate interpretations of the specified key events, individuals or issues.
• Topic based 3000-4000 word essay based on the independent investigation of historical issue.
Assessment is ongoing through homework assignments as well as verbal feedback and discussion during classroom based activities. Work is marked according to the course mark schemes and assigned guideline grades to enable students to chart their progress. Some work is completed through timed assignments to enable students to practice exam skills with time constraints There are two exam papers for History in year 1. Mock exams are taken in February.
Expected timetabled hours and the equivalent time commitment outside timetabled hours.
Student on the course will develop important specialist knowledge and a range of transferrable skills. For example:
- Critical analysis, both written and verbal
- Writing skills for different purposes
- Producing displays and presentations
- Working with others
- Group discussion
- Target setting, planning and organisation
Upon completing this course you will be equipped to move on to university, a higher apprenticeship or work. History is an ideal qualification for entry to degree level study in history, humanities or social science subjects.
A reading list will be available for students at the start of the course
Application with personal statement followed by interview
This qualification is designed to foster the development of critical and reflective thinking with an understanding of historical topics and issues; and to encourage an awareness of the importance of historical awareness in explaining contemporary issues.
History provides a fantastic curriculum to ignite and engage learners’ passions and interests. The content will create independent learners, critical thinkers and decision-makers – all personal assets that can make them stand out as they progress to Higher Education and/or the workplace.