Awarding Body:EdexcelCourse Duration:1/2 Years

Minimum Entry Requirements

5 GCSE’s at Grades A*- C, including English and Maths. It is not a requirement to have studied History at GCSE provided you have an interest in the subject.

Course Content

History is amongst the first wave of subjects to be reorganised into a linear A level. At the same time the government has decided that students should study history across a range of 200 years so as to provide greater breadth of learning and a longer-term framework for understanding important historical developments. As a result, the content of History A levels has changed considerably. As a department we will continue to offer two courses which we feel offer students fresh and exciting alternatives to select between:

Modern course

Year One (AS course)
Breadth Study – The Civil War, Cromwell, Restoration and Revolution: Britain 1625-1701
Depth Study – The French Revolution 1774-99

In the breadth course you will learn about Britain under the Stuarts. After the Tudor era Britain underwent a century of change and upheaval with civil war, a period of republic, restoration of the monarchy and revolution. Alongside this the Stuart age saw considerable change in the lives of the individuals through developments in trade, culture and religion as the foundations of modern Britain were laid.

The French Revolution has become the standard by which all modern revolutions are measured. You will study the whole course of the revolution, from its early idealistic beginnings to the descent into anarchy and terror and then finally the rescue or betrayal, depending on your perspective, by Napoleon Bonaparte.

Year Two
Germany 1871-1990
Coursework option

During the second year we will explore the role played by revolution, change and continuity in nineteenth and twentieth century Germany, from unification in 1871 under Bismarck through the Nazi period, the division after the war, and up to reunification in 1990.

The coursework unit is an opportunity for students to engage in real historical debate. You will be required to take three contrasting opinions on a particular historical issue and weigh up the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments using your own research and evidence. There will be some choice for students in this topic, with the main option focusing on an aspect of the Cold War.

Both our Early and Modern History courses will result in an A level History qualification. They will be taught and examined in the same way and you should make your choice on the basis of which period you think will interest you the most. Although we anticipate the majority of students choosing to follow either the early or modern route it may be possible for students to switch at the end of the first year.

Methods of Teaching

• Class discussion and debate
• Group work
• Student research and presentations.
• Evaluation of contemporary sources
• Analysing and comparing different historical interpretations
• Video programmes / YouTube
• History intranet / Interactive Whiteboards

Methods and Patterns of Assessment

A Level

  • Unit 1: written examination 2 hours and 15 minutes (30% of total A Level mark)
  • Unit 2: written examination 1 hour 30 minutes (20% of total A Level mark)
  • Unit 3: written examination 2 hours and 15 minutes (30% of total A Level mark)
  • Unit 4: AL coursework assignment of 4000 works (20% of total A Level mark).

AS Level

  • Unit 1: 60% AS written examination 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Unit 2: 40 AS written examination 1 hour 30 minutes

Financial Implications

Educational visits and trips will be offered to all students, where these are relevant to the curriculum. For example the department currently runs two overseas trips to Spain and Berlin. One day visits have included the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the National Portrait Gallery and Chalke Valley History Festival.

Students will be required to purchase the set texts for each paper studied but the department will supply other books and resources. The College has a Student Support Fund for those students who have difficulty meeting these costs.

Career Progression

History is useful for any career which involves researching and analysing information and expressing arguments based upon evidence. Good examples of this are careers in the Civil Service, banking and accountancy, politics, social and business administration, teaching, journalism, law, public relations and personnel management.

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