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A-Levels - A Level History (ALV1) at Barnsley College

Course description

We study history in order to learn about the past but often what is most evident is how powerfully the past and present are connected.

To be a good historian at A Level you will need to be able to explore both sides of an argument and see alternative points of view before developing your own evaluation of the facts and documents of the time. This is a highly interpretative subject and class activities encourage independent thinking, very high level reading skills and a thirst for synthesising information from a range of sources, before attempting to evaluate them and reach conclusions of your own.

 

Course content

You will study European and British history, covering a period of 200 years. The main focus will be on the 19th and 20th centuries. In the first year you will study a broad period of British history which will give you the opportunity to assess and evaluate historical interpretations. You will also study in depth the history of Russia from 1894 to 1924, focusing on the end of the Tsarist regime, the Russian revolutions of 1917 and the beginning of the world’s first communist country.

The second year concentrates on Germany from the unification of the German states in 1871, through to the rise of the Nazis, the impact of the Second World War and the consequent division of Germany into East and West. The course ends with the reunification of Germany in 1990. In addition, you will develop your analytical, evaluative and research skills through the coursework enquiry you will undertake which focuses on the historical controversy of the responsibility for the outbreak of war in 1914.

Entry requirements

We generally ask for an Attainment 8 score of 5.5 or above (including a 5 or above in English and maths). However, we will discuss entry requirements with you at interview so please come and talk to us!

GCSE Grade 5 or above in History.

Assessment

Assessment is by examination and coursework.

Financial information

Financial support If you are aged between 16 -18 and your total annual household income is less than £35,000 you could be eligible for financial support through our Learner Support Fund.* Money is available for travel (up to £700), food, trips, printing, equipment and childcare. You don’t have to pay this money back. You can pick up a Learner Support Fund application form from Student Services on the ground floor at our Old Mill Lane campus.

Guaranteed bursaries - If you are aged between 16 and 18 and in receipt of a benefit in your own right, in care or leaving care, or have significant caring responsibilities you could be eligible for a non-repayable bursary of up to £1,200 per year.*

Financial support If you are aged 19 or over and your total annual household income is less than £25,000 you could be eligible for financial support through our Learner Support Fund.* Money is available for travel (up to £700), food, trips, printing, equipment and childcare. You don’t have to pay this money back. You can pick up a Learner Support Fund application form from Student Services on the ground floor at our Old Mill Lane campus.

Earn to Learn - If you are in full time education you could get involved with our Earn to Learn scheme. This provides excellent work experience opportunities within College with departments including Marketing, Administration and Catering, and you will be rewarded an equivalent of £5 per hour (£25 per week maximum) through a range of cash payments, high street vouchers and cashless credits which can help with the cost of travel, trips and equipment.

FREE bus services! - We realise that getting to and from College might not be very easy for everyone so we have funded three FREE return bus services for our students. They serve the following areas:

• Shelley

• Stocksbridge via Penistone

• Rotherham - Ecclesfield - Chapeltown - High Green

These bus routes are completely free for our students and operate on a first come, first served basis. Each route will get students into College in a morning before lessons start and a return service is provided after lessons finish. Please contact Student Services for details of pick-up points and times.

For more information on financial support, bursaries or bus routes, please contact Student Services on Tel: 01226 216 267 or Email: studentsupport@barnsley.ac.uk

Future opportunities

A Level History is a highly valued subject at university and beyond. The development of your skills as a historian may enable progression into careers as diverse as law, journalism, media, marketing, management and teaching. More specialist careers might include museum curator, archaeologist, archivist or researcher.

Further information

Additional Learning Support

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact the Additional Learning Support team on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Information Unit

We have a dedicated team available to provide information on all of our courses and to help you to make the right choices about your future. The team are based at the Old Mill Lane site.

Drop in:

Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm

Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm

Tel: +44 (0)1226 216 123

Email: info@barnsley.ac.uk

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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: 30 August 2017
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