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A level History at Garforth Academy

Course description

It is no accident that historians frequently rise to the top of their chosen professions. Of the subjects studied as degrees by directors of the top 100 British companies, history is ranked 4th. History provides an opening for a wide range of university courses & careers from politics to business & commerce.

Course content

Breadth Study with Interpretations (Exam) 30% of total grade – 2¼ hours

This exam contains three sections and focuses on one chosen topic: Britain transformed, 1918-1997. Sections A and B comprise of a choice of essay style questions that assesses understanding of the period in depth. Section C contains one compulsory question that assesses the ability to analyse and evaluate historical interpretations.

Depth Study (Exam) 20% of total grade – 1½ hours

This exam contains two sections and focuses on one chosen topic: The USA c1920-1955 – Boom, bust & recovery.Students answer two questions. In section A the question is based on two sources that students have to critically analyse & evaluate. Section B comprises a choice of essays that assesses the understanding of the period in depth.

Themes in breadth with aspects in depth (Exam) – 30% of total grade – 2¼ hours

This paper is similar in format to paper 1 with 3 sections. Again, the focus in on one topic: Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII, 1399-1509. Section A consists of one compulsory question, assessing source analysis and evaluation skills. Sections B and C consist of essay style questions that assess understanding of the period in breadth and depth.

Historical Enquiry (Coursework) 20% of total grade

A single assignment that focuses on an issue that has generated disagreement among historians. This will assess skills in historical enquiry and analysing and evaluating historical interpretations. The findings are then presented in essay form. At Garforth Academy, the coursework focuses on Irish history.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grades 9-4 including English Language.

Grade 4 in GCSE History (if taken)

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 November 2017
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