History A Level at Walker Technology College
Why study this course? Understanding the past is essential to understanding the present. The future is history. Studying History A level develops not only your understanding of the past but it also helps to develop important transferable skills, particularly advanced literacy and critical thinking. You can use these skills throughout your A level study, in every subject, and also when you go on to university.
What topics will I learn about? In Year 12 you will study Anglo Norman England and Germany 1919-1963. In Year 13 you will study Napoleon Bonaparte and also the Changing Nature of Warfare, 1793-1945.
Anglo Norman England is a key period in British history, it marks the beginning of the English language and our kings and queens trace their ancestry to this time. Basically, this is the beginning of ‘England’ as we understand it.
The history of 20th Century Germany was shaped by two major wars and their effects. You will study economic, social and political developments in Germany in this period. How it became a democracy, then a dictatorship, then a democracy again. How it was divided into east and west during the Cold War along with its capital, Berlin.
Napoleon is the most important and famous individual in the history of Europe. More books have been written about him than any other man - you will study Napoleon ‘for’ and ‘against’ and come to your own judgement about him as a key historical figure.
In the Changing Nature of Warfare you will study how war became an affair of the people – how it changed society and developed into ‘total’ conflict which involving everyone: men, women, and children; young and old alike.
You do not need to have studied History GCSE but you will need to haveEnglish Grade B-A*. If you have studied History you will be expected to have normally achieved a Grade B-A*.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Walker Technology College directly.