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A Level History at King Edward VI College, Nuneaton

Course description

A Level history is a two year course with three examined units and one piece of coursework. All students study Unit 1 'The Early Tudors 1485-1558' and Unit 2 'The Crusades and the Crusader States 1095-1192' examining the transformation of England from the Battle of Bosworth to the mid-Tudor crisis, and the Crusades to capture and hold on to Jerusalem, triggering conflict between Christians and Muslims in the holy land, and defining the careers of military leaders Richard the Lionheart and Saladin. Going into the second year, students complete a 3000-4000 word coursework essay, either building on Unit 1 or 2, or on a topic of their choice, developing independent study skills in preparation for university. Unit 3 'Russia and its Rulers 1855-1964', is studied in the second year and examines Russia from the Empire of the Tsars, through the Bolshevik revolution to the height of the Cold War. History is a wide ranging and dynamic subject, in which you will learn how to analyse primary and secondary source material, and to present sustained, convincing arguments. To be a successful history student, you will need to read widely, feel confident assimilating new information, have strong essay writing skills and will enjoy testing out your ideas in discussion and debate.

Entry requirements

5 or more GCSEs at grade C or above including GCSE Grade C or above in English Language and a Grade B in one of the following: English Language, English Literature, and/or History. Your overall qualifications on entry/ G score may be taken into account to advise you on whether the 1 or 2 year course is most appropriate for your study programme.

Financial information

There may be small additional costs related to optional visits and trips. A £5 charge is made for consumable materials.

Future opportunities

Many students have gone on to pursue History or a related degree course, such as Ancient History or International Relations, and a high proportion of history graduates then go on to careers in Law, Business and Education. History is recognised as a 'facilitating subject' by the Russell Group. This means that the skills in analysis, argument and interpretation developed in A Level history will equip you for a wide range of degree subjects in addition to history, from Medicine to Journalism to Languages, and so History has also been combined with sciences and mathematics by previous students, in order to progress to medical degrees.

Further information

Students regularly combine History with Classical Civilisation, Government and Politics, English, Philosophy and Economics A Levels. There are a good range of opportunities for trips and visits, from A Level conferences to study trips abroad which have recently included Berlin and may in the future include a visit to Russia. We also work with external organisations, such as the Holocaust Educational Trust on the lessons from Auschwitz project. There are regular talks from visiting university lecturers in conjunction with the local Historical Association, and enrichments such as History debating groups to prepare students for competitions such as the 'Great Debate'.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI College, Nuneaton directly.

Last updated date: 24 September 2015
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