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A Level History - Modern at Watford Grammar School for Boys

Course description

The overall aim of this course is to offer you a wide-ranging option that takes you into new periods and places in history from the ones you have studied at GCSE level. Students taking the Modern History course will study the recent histories of Britain and Italy in great depth, by looking at their relative positions before, during and after the major events of the early twentieth century.

The AS course offers you the chance to study different countries across two centuries. ‘Mussolini’s Italy” looks at the development of Totalitarian ideas from Socialism, through to Fascism and Nazism, taking in important periods in the history of Italy. As a contrast, you will study the move towards the liberal democratic form of government that we still have today in Great Britain.

At A2 you will focus on an important period of British history, the late 19th century, when British governments faced new challenges from rival countries, especially Germany and the USA, from social and economic change within Britain and from part of the UK in the campaign for Ireland to rule itself. You will also study the great statesmen of modern politics - Gladstone and Disraeli under the longest reigning monarch Queen Victoria. Alongside your study of 19th century Britain you will learn about one of Britain’s lasting problems –the struggle to keep control of her empire, especially in India, from the first Great Rebellion in India in 1857 to independence for India and its partition into India and Pakistan in 1947.

The course offers the opportunity to develop a range of skills including analysis, interpretation and the coherent presentation of findings. These will be tested in short examinations for AS and examination and coursework at A2. Areas of study have been chosen to provide interest and breadth to students in the Sixth Form. Teaching uses a range of sources to encourage discussion and the development of examination technique. History is a very popular option at this level and offers students a wide range of university and career options.
All students will have the opportunity to participate in the department’s visit to Berlin in October 2014.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to enter the Sixth Form must achieve a minimum of six GCSEs at grade B. At least a grade B in GCSE History (or English Language for those who have not takenthe subject at GCSE).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Watford Grammar School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 11 August 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years