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History A Level at St Benedict's Catholic High School

Course description

The History department aims to fire students’ curiosity about the past and to equip our young people with the skills to reach their potential throughout their lives.

In AS Level History, there are two papers:

  • Paper One focuses on the Tudors between 1485 and 1547. Students will investigate several things including how the Tudors came to the throne after the Wars of the Roses and the reasons for Henry VIII’s break with Rome.
  • Paper Two focuses on the USA between 1945 and 1963. Students will explore the impact of different Presidents including Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy. There are several themes within this unit such as the Cold War, civil rights and the changing American economy.

In A Level History, our students will complete three papers; the exam units follow on chronologically from the AS Level subject content.

  • Paper One focuses on the Tudors between 1485 and 1603. As well as studying the reigns of King Henry VII and King Henry VIII, students will decide whether or not the reign of the boy-king Edward VI deserves to be labelled as a ‘mid-Tudor crisis’. Students will also examine whether or not Mary I deserves to be called ‘Bloody Mary’ and we know they will want to find out more about the most intriguing monarch, Queen Elizabeth I.
  • Paper Two focuses on the USA between 1945 and 1980. Students will explore the impact of different Presidents including Truman, Kennedy and Nixon. The themes of the Cold War, civil rights and the changing American economy will be investigated and we know they will want to investigate the infamous Watergate Affair.
  • Paper Three is a ‘historical study’ which students will investigate and research before writing up their findings.

Entry requirements

We want students who: Are enthusiastic and committed to studying History. The ability to use their initiative and be organised is crucial.

Assessment

  • AS Level Paper One: One exam lasting 1 hour 30 minutes. This paper is worth 50% of the AS Level.
  • AS Level Paper Two: One exam lasting 1 hour 30 minutes. This paper is worth 50% of the AS Level.
  • A Level Paper One: One exam lasting 2 hours 30 minutes. This paper is worth 40% of the A Level.
  • A Level Paper Two: One exam lasting 2 hours 30 minutes. This paper is worth 40% of the A Level.
  • A Level Paper Three: An essay of 3000-3500 words. This paper is worth 20% of the A Level.

Future opportunities

Well motivated students in the past have earned excellent grades and have gone on to study History, Law and Engineering. Other students have used their A Level History to support a wide range of further education courses at university or college. The training in logic, deduction, listening, researching and evidential skills have allowed graduates to enter industrial middle management, archive and museum work, publishing and journalism, politics and teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Benedict's Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 17 March 2017

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