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History A Level at Hailsham Community College

Course description

 

“History is written by the victors”.  At A Level we look events and people from a variety of different perspectives to develop an in-depth understanding of Britain and the USA in the Twentieth Century, as well as Tudor England.

 

How will I learn?

A wide range of methods including seminars, tutorials, individual research, debate, source analysis and essay writing.  Where possible we make visits to appropriate sites are arranged eg. Hampton Court Palace, Sussex University, Berlin and New York and Washington.

 

Is History for me?

If you enjoy reading, thinking and talking about people and events in the past, you are interested in History,  In addition, if you can write about ideas, develop an argument, giving evidence to support and justify a decision, then you have the skills to be successful at A Level History.

Course content

The course covers two units: 

The Tudors: England 1485-1603. 

In this unit you will study arguably the most significant period in British History, examining aspects of Tudor society alongside the fascinating intrique of the Tudor monarchs. From beheadings to burnings to tennis and fashion, this unit has it all. 

The American Dream: Reality and Illusion 1945-1980.

This unit covers a range of US history, from the dropping of the first atomic bomb in 1945 to the election of a movie star as President in 1980. You will investigate and debate questions of domestic and international politics, as well as the civil rights movement, feminist campaigns and the Vietnam War. 

 

 

Entry requirements

5 A* - C Grades (inc English), or equivalent.

Assessment

How will I be assessed?

The course covers 2 examined units: 

The Tudors: England 1485-1603

The American Dream: Reality and Illusion 1945-1980.

These exams will be taken in May/June

A personal study will also be covered, this is an extended piece of writing focusing on an aspect of post-war British society.

Future opportunities

Where will it lead?

This A Level is highly valued by top universities, and will prepare students for degree courses in History, Politics, Archaeology, American Studies, Law, Journalism and many more.  Consequently it opens the way to a wide range of careers from prime Minister downwards!  Areas which value history include law, journalism, politics, education, management within business and many more.

 

What subjects go well with History?

Popular choices include English Literature, Politics, Law or Geography, but also Biology and Sociology.  In fact History can work well with a wide range of arts, social science and science subjects.

Further information

Is History for me?

If you enjoy reading, thinking and talking about people and events in the past, you are interested in History,  In addition, if you can write about ideas, develop an argument, giving evidence to support and justify a decision, then you have the skills to be successful at A Level History.

How to apply?

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

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: 31 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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