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History at Colmers School and Sixth Form College

Course description

You will study two main topics in your AS (Year 12) & and four for you’re A Level History course (Year 13).  They have been chosen to provide a balance between British and World History that is both challenging and interesting. We are awaiting the accreditation of this course (a national issue) so topics may be subject to change.

Course content

You will study two main topics in your AS (Year 12) & and four for you’re A Level History course (Year 13).  They have been chosen to provide a balance between British and World History that is both challenging and interesting. We are awaiting the accreditation of this course (a national issue) so topics may be subject to change.

Entry requirements

In order to take AS History you do not need to have studied History at GCSE.  What you will need is an interest in History and reasonably good literacy skills (at least a C in English, preferably an A or B).

Assessment

Exam Board

OCR

Content:

 

AS Level/A Level

Unit 1: British Topic: (Exam: 1 hour and 30 minutes in Year 12 and 1 hour in Year 13)

The Early Stuarts and the Origins of the Civil War 1603–1660.  (Enquiry topic: The Execution of Charles I and the Interregnum 1646–1660)

In this unit you will be looking at the Civil War years in England and how they shaped the years to come in England and the UK as a whole.

 

AS Level/A Level

Unit 2: Modern World Topic: (Exam: 1 hour and 30 minutes in Year 12 and 1 hour in Year 13)

The Cold War in Europe 1941–1995 or Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919–1963.  (TBC)

 

 

A Level

Unit 3: 100 Year Study:

Civil Rights in the USA 1865–1992 (Exam: 2 hours and 30 minutes)

This theme focuses on the struggle of citizens in the USA to gain equality before the law.  In this unit you will be looking at the social and economic position of black citizens in the USA during the period as well as the nature and extent of discrimination.  You will study Martin Luther King and peaceful protest, Black Power and the use of violence and how far civil rights had been achieved by 1992.

 

A Level Coursework Unit (20% of A Level course)

The coursework unit is to be confirmed but will be on a chosen area of History and students will be required to complete an assignment of 3,000-4000 words.  You will investigate issues on a chosen theme for a period of History.  There are a wide range of topics that could be studied and we will try to deliver courses that appeal to individual students.  They will be able to deliver a detailed assignment with support from the staff at Colmers.

Future opportunities

Future aspirations

Studying History does not mean you have to become a History teacher!  There are many fields you can go in to such as Journalism and Writing, Retail, Marketing, Business, Police, Politics and the Law.  Here are some examples of people with a degree in History:

·         John F Kennedy— US President

·         Gordon Brown — Former Prime Minster

·         Sacha Baron Cohen (Ali G/Borat) - comedian

·         Neil Tennant — Pop Star

·         Louis Theroux — Documentary Maker

·         John Snow — C4 News Presenter

·         Dermot Murnaghan — BBC News Presenter

·         Simon Mayo – Radio DJ

·         Timmy Mallett – Kid’s entertainer

·          Shakira-Singer

Further information

Extra 

You have the opportunity to take part in our Sixth Form Leaders Programme which will help develop your leadership skills and help you stand out in job or university applications.  There is also a possibility of some trips that link to the course.

 

Reading 

For a reading list please visit the OCR website.

 

What do other students study with this subject?

Subjects that go well with History are any of the Humanities (Geography, RE and Psychology) as well as English.  They all link together and the writing skills will help you develop and do well in all of the subjects.  Many students choose to do a combination of these subjects and go on to do very well in further and higher education as well as future careers.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 October 2014
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  • Start date: Next September

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