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History A - AS Level at Shooters Hill Sixth Form College

Course description

This course is suitable for anyone who is interested in learning about how society, politics, values and attitudes have been shaped by the past. Students who are interested in debating the significance of key world events and who wish develop their communication, argumentation and critical reasoning skills (all of which are important transferable skills for a wide range of professional occupations) should consider applying.

History is seen as a desirable qualification for many popular fields including Law, Civil Service, Journalism, the Media, Teaching, Administration, Research, Marketing, Banking, as well as many other professions. Students who wish to pursue these fields at university should consider studying A Level History as the subject acts as a good measure of academic ability and is highly valued by universities (the Russell Group Universities class it as a facilitating subject).

Course content

Year One

Paper 1: Germany and West Germany, 1918–89
This module comprises a breadth study of German history from the end of WWI to reunification. You will learn about key political changes experienced across this period, and the impact of these changes on German economic, social and cultural developments.

Paper 2: The rise and fall of fascism in Italy, c. 1911-46
This module comprises a depth study of the turbulent years in Italy that saw the collapse of the liberal state, the creation of a fascist dictatorship and a return to democracy in the aftermath of the Second World War. You will focus in particular on the profound political, economic and social changes experienced by the Italian people in this period.

Year Two

Paper 3: Britain: losing and gaining an empire, 1763–1914
This module explores the development of the British Empire and the part played in this by both trade and the Royal Navy. Looking at social, economic and political issues, you will study a series of developments that transformed Britain's standing in the world so that by the end of the period it had the largest empire the world has known.

Coursework: Popularity and Efficiency in the Nazi State, 1933-45
The coursework task revisits twentieth-century German history with a particular focus on the nature of the Nazi state and the extent to which the regime was genuinely popular.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs - Grades A* - C.

History GCSE is desirable (though not essential), however students should have a good grounding in a number of literacybased subjects such as English (minimum Grade C).

To continue onto the second year of A Level History, you will need to achieve a C grade when sitting the Year One exam .

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shooters Hill Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 13 January 2016
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