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History A/S at University Academy Keighley

Course description

The aims of the History A Level are to encourage students to acquire an understanding of different identities within society and an appreciation of social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity through the study of aspects of British and non-British history.

Course content

Pupils will experience a broad and balanced course of study which will help them to improve as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds. Pupils will develop the ability to ask relevant and significant questions about the past and acquire an understanding of the nature of historical study. Pupils will also develop their use and understanding of historical terms, concepts and skills and learn to make links and draw comparisons within and/or across different periods and aspects of the past. Finally, pupils will be encouraged to organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways, arguing a case and reaching substantiated judgements.

On completion of the course, pupils can progress to higher education courses such as honours degrees in History, or to degrees in related subjects such as Politics, Law, English Literature, Economics or Geography; or to vocational qualifications such as Teaching, Journalism or Travel and Tourism. Pupils will obtain skills which will be useful in a number of careers, either directly related to history (eg working in museums, galleries, heritage sites, record offices and archives or teaching) or in areas such as journalism, libraries, national/local government and the civil service.

Entry requirements

Pupils who wish to study AS History will be required to have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s A*-C including English; a B or above in GCSE History is desirable but not essential.  Students who have not studied GCSE History may still be accepted but only through discussion with the Subject Co-ordinator

Assessment

Year One - AS Unit 1 Russia in Revolution 1881-1924 (from autocracy to dictatorship)Stalin's Russia 1924-53: This unit concentrates on the theme of contrasting ideologies, with particular emphasis on how communism developed and succeeded in overthrowing existing authority in the first half of the twentieth century. This unit enables students to understand the importance of ideas and beliefs in the policies developed by states, how and why ideology is frequently a cause of both challenge and conflict, within and between states, and also gives rise to debates about the rights of citizens. 50% of AS25% of A2 Unit 2 British History: In this unit, students will study an aspect of British history in some depth (within the 16th - 20th Centuries. This topic is still to be determined). This unit enables students to develop an in-depth understanding of the attitudes, beliefs and structures of the societies studied. In working with selected sources, students will be required to demonstrate evidence skills which enable them to make reasoned and supported judgements and to address a historical view or claim. 50% of AS25% of A2

Future opportunities

On completion of the course, pupils can progress to higher education courses such as honours degrees in History, or to degrees in related subjects such as Politics, Law, English Literature, Economics or Geography; or to vocational qualifications such as Teaching, Journalism or Travel and Tourism.  Pupils will obtain skills which will be useful in a number of careers, either directly related to history (eg working in museums, galleries, heritage sites, record offices and archives or teaching) or in areas such as journalism, libraries, national/local government and the civil service.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact University Academy Keighley directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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