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History A Level at Devonport High School for Boys

Course description

The course will allow you to look at some of the most interesting episodes in History as well as developing your skills of analysis and evaluation to a high level. We choose to split the course between older and more modern history to provide variety and challenge you to study something new. Whilst there is a suggested topic for coursework you could choose a period of history that you are interested in as a coursework topic, this can be something you are already studying or something new.

The option on the Early Tudors (Henry’s VII and VIII) remains a fascinating period popularised by TV historians and fiction. The Mid Tudor succession crisis is a source based option and encourages the student to analyse why sources are one sided and contain the political agenda of their author. Both ask fascinating questions about how strong monarchs really were in a period of intense turmoil in society.

The Paper on the Crusades will allow you to look at some of the most famous characters from the Medieval World such as Richard the Lionheart and Saladin. The concept of crusade has been problematic throughout the ages, and still has resonance in the Islamic World today.

Living in the post-Cold War world means that an understanding of Russia and the Soviet Union is essential for being able to make sense of the world that we live in. You will have the opportunity to compare the rulers of Russia in both the Tsarist and Soviet periods as well as looking at the different ways in which war and opposition have impacted on Russian government and people.

Course content

Unit 1 British Period Study: The Early Tudors Enquiry: Mid Tudor Crisis

Unit 2 Non British period study: The Crusades and the Crusader states 1095 – 1192

Unit 3 A thematic study and interpretations: Russia and its Rulers 1855 – 1964

Unit 4 Coursework: Historical interpretations. (Suggested option; Cold War, origins and end or crusades)

Entry requirements

Preferably a B grade or above at GCSE History or Ancient History. However we will consider students who have a high grade in an alternative Humanities subject and English.

Future opportunities

About a third of our students go on to read History at university (from Plymouth and Exeter to Cambridge) whilst others have chosen it as a facilitating A level. The Russell Group of Universities recognises History as a ‘facilitating’ subject as it provides access to a wide range of degree choices such as Journalism, Law, Politics and Economics as well as History. History graduates end up in diverse fields including the media and accountancy proving that it offers a flexible career path.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Devonport High School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 02 May 2017

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