History - AS / A level at Ipswich School
The best reason for choosing to study History at AS and A2 level is that it is a fascinating subject. You will certainly be taught at Ipswich School by people who are passionate about their interests. There are no `right` answers at this level. Instead you will be expected to look at issues from a variety of perspectives and be prepared to present arguments to support your point of view. Teachers in the History Department strongly believe in active learning - we like our students to argue with us and each other. Whether your interest is in politics, economics, literature, social behaviour, military strategy or in the development of beliefs, values and cultural tastes, studying History will enrich your understanding.
The History Department at Ipswich School offers the Edexcel Modern History syllabus which plays to the strengths of teachers within the Department. Topics include Fascism in Italy and Spain, the development of Germany 1900-45, the Unification of Italy and Germany, Russian Foreign Policy and Anglo-Irish relations. Students are expected to develop both their essay writing and source analysis techniques. There is no coursework at AS level but it makes up 40% of the A2 syllabus.
Studying History is also an excellent way to develop skills which are much in demand in the world beyond education. Historians develop critical skills. They learn to evaluate evidence, develop logical arguments and how to express themselves concisely and precisely. As a result History is a qualification highly valued by the best universities. History A level provides a good base for those intending to study vocational subjects such as Law or Management at university whilst History graduates readily find employment in careers as varied as Banking, Public Relations, Journalism, Business Management and Law.
Success in History at AS and A2 levels involves a willingness to read widely and to play an active part in class discussion. The ability to learn factual detail is also important, as is fluency in written English since essay writing is an important element in the course. GCSE History is an excellent preparation for the AS and A2 courses, but students with appropriate aptitudes who have not studied History at GCSE level those whose main interests are in the Sciences and Mathematics. History also combines well with Economics, Geography, English and Classical Civilisation. Anyone who is considering studying Politics at university will find sixth form History an excellent preparation. Those intending to follow a university course in either History or Politics should consider studying at least one language in the sixth form, since a reading knowledge of French, German, Spanish, Russian or Latin will give them access to a wider body of evidence and historical writing.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ipswich School directly.