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History A Level at North Leamington School

Course description

A number of the topics offered for study are developments from GCSE but there are also plenty of topics offered which are likely to be new to most students. Students will need to have an enquiring mind, an interest in the past and its relevance to current affairs and an ability to communicate ideas effectively.

Course content

Year 12

Unit 1: Britain Transformed, 1918-97
You will be required to answer three questions. These questions will examine your subject knowledge and ability to demonstrate your understanding of the period in breadth looking at causation, consequence, change, continuity similarity, difference and significance. You will also be required to demonstrate your ability to understand and analyse historical interpretations of the period.

Unit 2: The USA, 1955-92: Conformity and Challenge
You will be required to answer two questions. The first question requires you to analyse source material. The second question will examine your subject knowledge and ability to demonstrate your understanding of the period in breadth looking at causation, consequence, change, continuity similarity, difference and significance.

Year 13 Level

Unit 3: The British Experience of Warfare: c1790-1918
You will be required to answer three questions. The first question requires you to analyse source material that is primary or contemporary to the period. The second question will examine your subject knowledge and ability to demonstrate your understanding of the period in breadth looking at causation, consequence, change, continuity similarity, difference and significance. The third question requires you to demonstrate your understanding of change over a period of 100 years.

Unit 4: Coursework.
You will carry out an independently researched enquiry that requires you to analyse and evaluate historical interpretations and to organise and communicate the findings.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs or equivalent including Maths and English at grade 5 or above and an additional 3 at grade A*- C.

Excellent attendance during Year 11 (at least above 90%).

Behaviour and attitude to learning across all GCSE subjects studied to be at least good.

In exceptional circumstances students with a good GCSE profile but have not achieved either Maths or English to a grade 5 at the start of the programme may be considered.

We encourage all students to start with a 3 A level programme. However, in exceptional circumstances, we will consider a student studying a 4th subject. 

Future opportunities

Students who study A-Level History have access to a wide range of career and higher education opportunities. By the end of your course you will have learned how to evaluate and analyse information, how to weigh up evidence and how to communicate complex ideas effectively. These skills are recognised and valued by employers, universities and colleges. History combines well with Maths and Science subjects to create an attractive portfolio of qualifications, enabling a student to move on to a university Sciencebased course. Combined with English and a modern foreign language it would provide a good basis for an Arts or Languages-based degree. History A-Level also provides an excellent foundation for a number of popular careers including journalism, law and business.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Leamington School directly.

Last updated date: 24 February 2017
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