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History A Level (Linear) at Bennett Memorial Diocesan School

Course description

Nationalism, dictatorship and democracy in twentieth-century -century Europe

Breadth study with interpretations: You will study Germany and West Germany, (1918-89) in breadth focussing on developments and changes over this broad timescale with the content being presented as themes spanning a significant duration. You will also study in depth historical interpretations on a broad question which is contextualised by, and runs parallel to, the themes.

Depth study: You will study the rise and fall of Fascism in Italy, c. 1900-46 in depth and gain an in-depth understanding of profound political, economic and social changes that occurred in this period.

Rebellion and disorder in early modern England and Ancient Rome.

Themes in breadth with aspects in depth: You will study one topic which covers at least 100 years. The aspects in breadth focus on long-term changes and contextualise the aspects in depth which focus more on key episodes. It will be rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485-1603. This will include studying Henry Tudor and all of his children.

Coursework: You will complete an independently researched enquiry on historical interpretations.  This enquiry will analyse whether by 1924 the Russian people had exchanged one authoritarian regime for another.  While your teacher will teach a broad overview of the chosen period you will be able to choose an aspect within this period which particularly interests you, upon which to base your enquiry and conduct your own research.

Course content

You will complete an independently researched enquiry on historical expectations.  The enquiry will analyse whether by 1924 the Russian people had exchanged one authoritarian regime for another.  While your teacher will teach a broad overview of the chosen period, you will be able to choose an aspect within this period which particuarly interests you, upon which to base your enquiry and conduct your own research.

Entry requirements

• You have an interest in the world around you, the society you live in, and how it has developed.
• You like learning about people, how they interact, and what motivates them.
• You like learning about different countries, societies and cultures.
• You are interested in politics, power and control.
• You enjoy discussion, debate and argument
• You like to think for yourself and develop your own views.
• You enjoy research and analysing material to check for reliability and propaganda.
• You enjoy reading.

- APS 4+ and at least 3 grade 5+ - it is not esential to have a GCSE in history

Assessment

Paper 1 (30%) Germany and West Germany, (1918-89)
Paper 2 (20%) The rise and fall of Fascism in Italy, c. 1900-46
Paper 3 (30%) Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485-1603 
Coursework (20%) Analysing the extent to which by 1924 the Russian people had exchanged one authoritarian regime for another.

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You will be encourages to participate in fieldwork visits.   Currently there is a trip to Berlin to study Germany and West Germany to a greater level of depth. In recent years we have conducted tours to China and Moscow.  There is also a Twitter feed and a wide range of resouces in the LRC and on Bspace to support students in the sixth form.

Future opportunities

History is regarded highly as a “facilitating subject” and will help you gain entry to top universities. You can progress to higher education courses such as honours degrees in history, or to degrees in related subjects such as Law, Politics, English Literature, Economics ,Geography, International Relations & Anthropology.

A level history will give you a number of skills relevant to many types of employment, such as the ability to seek information and to analyse it in order to identify facts and motives and to present information clearly for others to understand.

The skills you will obtain through studying history will be useful in a number of careers, either directly related to history (e.g. working in museums, galleries, heritage sites, record offices and archives and teaching), or in areas such as law, research, accountancy, banking, management, journalism, media, libraries, national and local government and the civil service.

Further information

The Russell Group Universities regard History as a facilitating subject.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bennett Memorial Diocesan School directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2017
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