History places particular emphasis on the development of independent thought and to present arguments clearly and persuasively, as well as enhancing powers of analysis and evaluation. This A Level offers a huge range of relevant options that span early modern and modern history and circle the globe, from revolutionary Europe to the rise and equally dramatic decline of communist powers. The aim of the course is to develop independent thought, analysis, and evaluation.
What will I study?
Unit 1 - In search of the American Dream: The USA 1917-1996
Unit 2 - India 1914-1948 - the road to Independance
Unit 3 - The British Experience of Warfare: 1790 - 1918
*All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.
Who is this course for?
The course is for those who want to: develop and understand historical terms and concepts, explore the significance of events, individuals, issues, and societies in History, understand the nature of historical evidence and the methods used by historians in analysis and evaluation, carry out an in-depth research-based investigation.
This course is ideal if you have an interest in History wish to gain an A Level in the subject.
How is the course assessed?
Three written exams covering each component at the end of the second year of the course.
You will be advised on recommendations of specific textbooks and materials that are recommended for the study of this course.
Progression and Career Opportunities
The ways in which History builds an ability to question, argue and counterargue make it a very good preparation for courses in history, law, politics, philosophy and business. It can also support science applications as it shows the ability to argue critically at length in an essay format. It is also a good foundation for a range of careers, including teaching, librarianship, banking, the law, publishing, museums and art galleries and a wide variety of social work.
Entry Requirements for new students
The required point score to join our A Level programme is 4.25. This must include a minimum of 5 grade 5s or above including a grade 5 or above in English Language and maths, with a grade 5 in History (if taken) and a grade 6 in another written subject desirable. An average point score will be calculated from your GCSE grades.
A BTEC qualification at Merit grade, or above, in a related subject may also be considered in exceptional circumstances.
All applicants will be invited for interview.