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History at King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy

Course description

A - Level History is well respected by higher education establishments and various professions. During this course, you will study no less than 200 years of British and world history. You will learn about the last Tsars of Russia and the fall of Nicholas II, study the causes and consequences of the world’s first Communist revolution and the rise and regimes of dictators Lenin and Stalin. In the second unit of the course, you will get the chance to look at political and social British history, from the rule of Prime Ministers such as Macmillan, Heath, Thatcher and Blair, to the fashion, music and subcultures of the time. Domestic issues such as Northern Ireland and foreign policy surrounding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will also be studied. This unit will allow you to really understand what shapes the Britain we live in today. The third and final unit for the A-Level is a Historical Investigation which will allow you to choose a debate from the Tudor period to investigate and evaluate. History is a popular subject to combine with English, social science subjects, other humanities subjects and languages. Students in the past have also studied history alongside maths and science subjects which has proved popular with universities upon application to a variety of courses.

Course content

A - Level History is well respected by higher education establishments and various professions. During this course, you will study no less than 200 years of British and world history. You will learn about the last Tsars of Russia and the fall of Nicholas II, study the causes and consequences of the world’s first Communist revolution and the rise and regimes of dictators Lenin and Stalin. In the second unit of the course, you will get the chance to look at political and social British history, from the rule of Prime Ministers such as Macmillan, Heath, Thatcher and Blair, to the fashion, music and subcultures of the time. Domestic issues such as Northern Ireland and foreign policy surrounding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will also be studied. This unit will allow you to really understand what shapes the Britain we live in today. The third and final unit for the A-Level is a Historical Investigation which will allow you to choose a debate from the Tudor period to investigate and evaluate. History is a popular subject to combine with English, social science subjects, other humanities subjects and languages. Students in the past have also studied history alongside maths and science subjects which has proved popular with universities upon application to a variety of courses.

Entry requirements

GCSE History – B

GCSE Maths  – C

GCSE English – B

All A - Level courses are two year courses. You will sit the AS exams at the end of Year 12 and the A-Level exams at the end of Year 13. Although the AS grade will not count towards your final A-Level grade, you will need at least a grade D at AS to be able to continue into Year 13.

Assessment

At the end of Year 12 you will be assessed on Tsarist and Communist Russia and on the making of Modern Britain through two written examinations. Your result from these examinations will form your AS grade. At the end of Year 13 you will have two further written examinations on Tsarist and Communist Russia and on the making of Modern Britain, each lasting 2.5 hours which will contribute 80% of your final A-Level grade. A 3,000 word essay on Tudor Britain will form the remaining 20% of your final A-Level grade.

Financial information

There may be bursaries available for students subject to meeting specific criteria.

Future opportunities

In addition to history related courses at degree level, History is the number one subject option for those students who wish to pursue a career in Law.  The skills that students develop through A-Level history are key in other professions such as journalism, politics, civil service and the public sector (e.g. teaching and the police force).  History is a highly respected traditional subject at both A-Level and degree by many different employers.      

Further information

Please contact the Academy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy directly.

Last updated date: 13 January 2016
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