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History A Level at Sir John Lawes School

Course description

History places particular stress on the development of independent thought, analytical skills and interrogation of historical evidence. The History faculty has high expectations of all its students to be motivated and active participants. Most importantly you need to have a genuine interest in the subject itself.

You do not need to have studied History in Years 10 and 11 to choose the A-Level course. However, if you have taken History at GCSE you will find that the skills you have learned will provide strong foundations for Sixth Form work. 

Course content

The History course will appeal to you if you have an interest in the way that the world has developed through the ages, and if you enjoy investigation and discovery, debate and putting forward a well-argued case.

Students will study the following topics in their first year of study for Modules 1 & 2 of the A Level History course:

  • Britain,1625–1701: Conflict, Revolution and Settlement
  • France in Revolution, 1774–99

The second year of study will consist of Modules 3 & 4: 

  • The Witch Craze in Britain, Europe and North America, c1580–c1750
  • The Russian Revolutions c1894-c1924 (coursework) 

Entry requirements

If you have previously studied History you will be expected to have achieved a B grade or above at GCSE. If you are new to the subject you will be expected to have achieved a grade 6 or above in GCSE English. All students must have an APS of 4.5 or above. 

Assessment

You will be regularly assessed by means of extended answers, written essays, presentations and source analysis focussed activities throughout your A-Level course.

There will be four formal assessments at the end of A-Level year; three exams and one piece of coursework:

Paper 1: Breadth Study with interpretations

30% A Level

2 hours 15mins

Assessment:

Section A: one breadth essay

Section B: one breadth essay

Section C: one interpretation question 

 

Paper 2: Depth Study

20% A Level

1 hour 15 min

Assessment:

Section A: one source question

Section B: one depth essay

 

Paper 3: Themes in breadth with aspects in depth

30% A Level

2 hours 15mins

Assessment:

Section A: one source question

Section B: one depth essay

Section C: one breadth essay

 

Coursework

20% A Level

3000-4000 word essay

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Lawes School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017
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