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‘Who controls the past controls the future’ George Orwell, 1949
Who is it for?
Students who have a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for 20th Century political history will find our A Level course an intellectually enriching and rewarding experience. Choosing what to do next year can be extremely difficult so by providing an insight into the topics you’ll cover, this leaflet may reduce the stress of decision-making.
GCSE history is advisable but not essential. In addition to the general entry requirements a grade 5 or above in English language and English literature is required. If GCSE history is taken, grade C or above is required. Preference will be given to students achieving a grade B or higher.
Key changes A level history
From September 2015, new A levels in history will be linear qualifications, with all assessments at the end of the course. The key changes to the subject specifications are:
- A level students will be required to study the history of more than one country or state
- A level students will be required to study topics from a chronological range of at least 200 years
- A level students will be required to study at least 20% British history
- The A level will have a 20% non-examination component to assess independently researched historical enquiry
9 / 10 hours over two weeks in the classroom, with an additional weekly commitment of at least five hours private research and homework.
Assessment: Exams consist of a mixture of extended answer, essay, individual assignment and source based papers.
History is interesting, thought-provoking and offers a multitude of valuable skills. You’ll learn how to interpret demanding texts, to distinguish fact from allegation, evaluate evidence and formulate your own opinions. You will also study and debate historical interpretations of history.
Component 1: Breadth Study
- Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855—1964.
Component 2 : Depth Study
- The Making of Modern Britain, 1951—2007
Component 3 : Historical Investigation
- A personal study pre 1807.
Additional Costs: Lectures, conferences, occasional visits to museums, and an opportunity to visit Moscow and St Petersburg (Russia), Berlin (Germany), New York and Washington DC (USA) and Krakow (Poland) to visit Auschwitz.
A Level history can lead to a number of degree courses at university and to first class careers in law, journalism, teaching, social work, Civil Service and many other careers working with people.
For further information, contact:
Mr J Carr, Head of History