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History A level at Walton High

Course description

History is not just the study of the past. When we study the events, people and societies of the past, we are investigating human behaviour and learning more about ourselves and the complex world in which we live today.

Lessons will involve discussion of historical reputations, will introduce and provide an overview of the topics and issues of the course and will develop essay technique and source work skills. The study of History at A Level requires a lot of independent reading and note taking outside of lessons. Guidance will be given on how to take notes effectively and how to compare the work of different historians.

History fits well with a number of other subjects as it develops critical thinking skills and the ability to communicate an argument effectively.

Course content

Unit 1 – British period study and enquiry: England 1445 – 1509: Lancastrian, Yorkists and Henry VII (with enquiry topic on the Wars of the Roses 1445 – 1461. This unit focuses on the key personalities and developments of the late medieval and early Tudor periods. 1 hour 30 minute examination (25%). Section A: Enquiry–An extended response based on the evaluation and analysis of four documents within their historical context. Section B-Answer one essay question from a choice of two.

Unit 2: Non British period study: The Cold War in Europe 1941 – 1995. This unit focuses on political developments in Europe such as the space race, communism and capitalism and developments in Russia, Germany and Yugoslavia. In a one hour examination worth 15% learners will answer one twopart question from a choice of two. The first part of paper requires the comparison of two factors and their relative importance. The second part of the paper involves an essay.

Unit 3: Thematic study: Rebellion and Disorder under the Tudors 1485 – 1603. This unit builds on the British unit studied in Year 12 but involves the study of major turning points and the comparison of rebellions over time, rather than a detailed study of all events of the Tudor period. Compulsory in depth studies form part of this unit is worth 40%.

Unit 4: Coursework Personal Study. Students are required to produce a 3,000 – 4,000 word essay on a topic that includes the study of primary and secondary evidence and which enables substantiated historical judgements to be reached. This is not a taught unit. Students need to undertake independent research before going on to write their essay. Students will be supported and monitored throughout via tutorials, presentations and interim deadlines.

Entry requirements

8 GCSEs (A*-C), including English Language and Maths. Students will also require a B in English Language or History.

Future opportunities

With a qualification in History, you could go onto Higher Education, not just to study History but any one of the many arts and social science courses available. You can use a History qualification to work in a great variety of careers in business and administration, the law, journalism and the media (as well as the more obvious careers such as teaching or working in museums and libraries).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Walton High directly.

Last updated date: 28 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years