A-Levels - A Level History at Wakefield College
This course will allow you to study the history of the Cold War 1945-91 and Tudors 1485-1603 in great detail. It will also develop your ability to think critically, analyse the nature of historical events, discuss and debate from an informed standpoint and conduct independent research.
What you will study
Tudors: England, 1485–1603
This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:
• How effectively did the Tudors restore and develop the powers of the monarchy?
• To what extent and why was power more widely shared during this period?
• Why were there so many changes to the Church and religious practice?
• How serious a threat was posed to Tudor monarchs by opposition and rebellion?
• How far and why were England’s relations with foreign powers changed?
• How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?
• Was Henry VII a genius king who created a dynasty his lazy son Henry VIII nearly lost?
The Cold War 1945-1991
This unit will develop your understanding of international conflicts and alliances that have shaped the modern world.
You will study key events such as the Yalta Conference, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the SALT talks, the reasons for the start of the Cold War and its escalation. The collapse of the Soviet Union and its allies in the 1980s is covered in detail, as is the role of the UN and other international organisations.
There is a significant focus on historical interpretation and research projects which mirror university style investigations.
Independent Historical Enquiry
For this unit you will draw from a range of questions, or write one of your own, relating to Imperialism. Most students will choose a British Empire- related question, with previous examples including:
• To what extent were the lives of British and Indian women transformed by the colonial experience?
• To what extent was slavery in the British Empire abolished due to actions led by slaves and former slaves?
• To what extent were Pirates, Privateers and Buccaneers instrumental in laying the foundations of the British Empire?
• To what extent was Gandhi the key factor in India gaining independence?
If none of the proposed questions interest you, other questions may be agreed with a senior examiner.
You will be required to research and develop an historical investigation and write a footnoted, referenced and discursive extended essay of approximately 3,500 words.
The full A level is a two year course, with exams at the end of the second year counting to the final grade.
In exceptional circumstances, an AS-Level examination in History may be taken at the end of one year (40% of one A-Level).
Assessment is by examination in June and coursework submitted in February of the second year for A Level.
There are two written exams at the end of the second year.
Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residentials etc which are payable by all students.
Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any resit examination will incur a cost.
Different fees apply to international students.
For more detailed information on financial support and fees for students aged 19+ please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.
The majority of our students go onto university, many of them studying for a degree in History, Law, English or one of the Social Sciences. There are also combined degrees available in which you can continue with your history studies in combination with another subject of your choice.
History is regarded as a 'facilitating subject' which will increase your chance of progresion to a Russell Group University.
Historians develop a wide range of analytical and communication skills which are extremely useful in the modern workplace. Stereotypically Historians go into the teaching profession and museums. In reality, most History graduates pursue careers in law, journalism, management, IT and social work or undertake further research; some become Prime Minister!
If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111
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