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History AS & A Level at St Vincent College

Course description

AS Level
We begin by exploring early Medieval Europe and the Islamic Middle East, followed by in-depth study of the First and Second Crusades. This is followed by study of the bloody civil war for the throne of later Medieval England known as the Wars of the Roses.

A Level
The A2 year follows on from the AS with continual exploration of the Crusades and the Wars of the Roses. Students study the Third and Fourth Crusades, including the Muslim counter-attacks and the campaigns of Richard the Lionheart. We then go on to the fall of the House of York in the Wars of the Roses which culminated in the battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. The other focus of the year is on the coursework focussing on the one of three periods stated above and covering a time span of 100 years.

In the second year students undertake more independent work and develop higher level research and writing skills, of which the first year is excellent preparation for.

We use a variety of teaching methods – explanation by teachers or through film, group work, individual research, university guest lectures, reading and essay writing, and field trips.

Entry requirements

• Five GCSEs at grade A* – C, preferably including English Language and History
• Adult students by negotiation


Examination and coursework

Future opportunities

• Higher Education for degree courses in History, or other subjects
• Career opportunities in archive or museum work, teaching, law and journalism
• Graduates in History are often recruited to managerial posts in business and industry

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Vincent College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

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