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History - Edexcel A Level at Bishopshalt School

Course description

A level History requires students to recall, select and deploy knowledge, communicating it accurately and clearly in writing. They will also be taught to understand, interpret, analyse and evaluate source material and provide historical explanation and substantiated judgements.

 

Learning is mainly accomplished through a pattern of reading, note taking, discussion and then essay writing. Debate and discussion form an important part of the course and allow students to develop their own opinions on a given topic, based upon the evidence they have encountered.

Course content

Year 12 and Year 13 will be studying Nationalism, dictatorship and democracy in twentieth-century Europe. Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485–1603 and the coursework option (Civil Rights in the USA) across the two years.

Unit/Paper

1: Germany and West Germany, 1918–89 - Weighting 30%

2: The rise and fall of fascism in Italy, c1911–46 - Weighting 20%

3: Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485–1603 - Weighting 30%

4: Coursework - Weighting 20%

Entry requirements

We require students to have attained a grade 6 or above at GCSE History and a grade 5 (C+) in English for entry onto the course. However, we would also consider students with a 5 (C+) grade in History who demonstrated a positive attitude during their GCSE course, subject to a discussion with the Head of Department. Students who have not studied History at GCSE, but have a grade 6 (B) or above in English, are also welcome to apply, following a discussion with the Head of Department.

 

Hard work, good organisation and good written self-expression are important skills in the study of History. Students who like to argue, to debate and to challenge ideas, while justifying their own, will also do well.

Assessment

Unit/Paper

1: Germany and West Germany, 1918–89 - Weighting 30%

2: The rise and fall of fascism in Italy, c1911–46 - Weighting 20%

3: Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485–1603 - Weighting 30%

4: Coursework - Weighting 20%

Future opportunities

History is a highly respected, intellectually rigorous qualification. It provides a pathway for a variety of arts degrees and the foundation for success in managerial and professional roles. The Historical Association suggests these are careers that follow naturally from the study of history:

Accountancy, Administration, Archaeology, Architecture, Archives, The armed forces, Business management, The Civil Service, Conservation, The heritage industry, Human resources, Information technology, Journalism, Law, Libraries, Local government, Media, Museums and galleries, The Police, Politics, Teaching and university research, Tourism.

Further information

For further information, contact Mrs Boddington - Head of History.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 November 2017
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