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A Level History - Option B at Arthur Mellows Village College

Course description

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Why should I study History?

History helps to build a clear understanding and appreciation of today’s complex world. In order to understand our place in the world we need to know where we come from and this means knowing about history. You will seek out the evidence, sort out the facts from the fiction, analyse what you have discovered, before arriving at a true understanding of what really happened. It is about understanding people and it develops a high level of communication.

The topics that we investigate will help our students to understand the issues surrounding: The formation of the modern British political system, American culture and society as well as modern international relations. History is a subject that brings together a wide range of skills and reading of complex visual and textual sources. This makes History a challenging but highly respected subject by universities and employers alike.

Course content

What will I do during the course?

• The Early Stuarts, the Origins of the Civil War, the execution of Charles I and the Interregnum.

• The USA in the 19th Century: Westward Expansion and Civil War 1803-1890. • Russia and its Rulers 1855-1964

• Topic based essay on the Cold Work (coursework)

Entry requirements

You need to have studied GCSE History and to have achieved a Grade B or above. Students achieving a Grade C will be considered at the discretion of the Head of History.

Assessment

How will I be assessed?

• The Early Stuarts, the Origins of the Civil War, the execution of Charles I and the Interregnum. Worth 25% of total A Level, One 1 ½ hour exam.

• The USA in the 19th Century: Westward Expansion and Civil War 1803-1890. Worth 15% of total A Level. One 1 hour exam.

• Russia and its Rulers 1855-1964. Worth 40% of total A Level. One 2 1/2 hour exam.

• Topic based essay on the Cold Work (coursework). Worth 20% of total A Level. One 3,000-4,000 piece essay. Non-examined unit.

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

History is a subject that is well recognised by employers and universities. History develops important skills such as: analysis of information, communication of complex ideas and empathetic understanding of other peoples motives.

History students often go on to work as: Lawyers, Journalists, Accountants, Economics, Business Managers, Politicians, Teachers, Military Leaders as well as successful business leaders to name but a few careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Arthur Mellows Village College directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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