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History A Level at Heanor Gate Science College

Course description

The study of History at A Level offers two main opportunities:

  • To learn, in depth, about interesting aspects of the past
  • To develop the skills of a historian, including critical analysis, research and communication

It is the second of these which makes A level History a particularly useful qualification. It is highly regarded in a wide range of professions, including business and law, and by universities who see it as an indicator of a strong work ethic and a student’s ability to handle intellectually demanding work.

Course content

Under the new Post 16 pathways the first two units lead to an AS level in History or make up the first two units of the A Level. The content is the same but the assessment process is different.

  • Unit 1- England 1547–1603: the Later Tudors (Mid-Tudor Crises 1536 – 1569) A period study of the social, political, religious and economic problems in the later ‘Tudor century.’ This will be assessed at both AS and A2 via One period study essay from a choice of two and one document-based depth study but with a slightly different assessment focus
  • Unit 2 Italy 1896–1943 Democracy and Dictatorship During this period Italy experienced the rise and fall of democracy. The First World War and its aftermath brought the rise of Fascism under Mussolini and then disastrous collapse as a result of the World War Two. At AS this unit is assessed by one period study essay and one interpretations question. At A level this is assessed by two interpretation based essays.

To gain an A level in History you will need to be assessed on the two above units and also be successful in the following two units:

  • The challenge of German Nationalism, 1789 -1919 This explores the creation of a united Germany, which was powerful enough to threaten the longestablished status quo in Europe leading the major powers into World War One in 1914. This unit is assessed by two theme questions from a choice of three, all covering 100 years and one interpretations question.
  • A coursework personal study This is a personal and independent study of the student’s choice. This needs to be an investigation that must include evidence of using primary and secondary sources, but where the bulk of the marks are gained by reaching a substantiated judgement through demonstrating and organising concepts and knowledge. This is assessed by a single 3,000 – 4,000 word essay.

These modules offer an excellent range of content, covering international as well as British History. There is also continuity between the AS and A2 Modules, which improves the chances of examination success.

Entry requirements

Ideally, students wishing to pursue History at A level should have at least a grade C in GCSE History. High grades in English are also useful, due to the emphasis on extended and structured writing.

Future opportunities

History is particularly useful in the following professions

  • Law
  • Accounting
  • Teaching
  • Research positions
  • Local Government
  • Public Policy positions

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heanor Gate Science College directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016

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