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History A level at Trinity High School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

The History department aims to develop a lifelong interest in the study of History in all students. Through this study the students will acquire the skills and perspectives that will enable them to lead successful and enriching lives. The content of all of our courses allows the students to make sense of current affairs by relating to the past and to develop a moral perspective, a sense of empathy and a tolerance of a range of opinions. Our teaching introduces all of our students to the distinctive methodology of the historian, in particular varied and exciting enquiries based on evidence with a focus on enriching other areas of the curriculum at the same time.

Course content

Breadth Study: Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603–1702

This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:

  • How far did the monarchy change?
  • To what extent and why was power more widely shared during this period?
  • Why and with what results were there disputes over religion?
  • How effective was opposition?
  • How important were ideas and ideology?
  • How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?

Depth Study: Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918–1945

This option provides for the study in depth of a period of German history during which a newly developed democratic form of government gave way to a dictatorial Nazi regime. It explores political concepts such as 'right' and 'left', nationalism and liberalism as well as ideological concepts such as racialism, anti-Semitism and Social Darwinism. It also encourages reflection on how governments work and the problems of democratic states as well as consideration of what creates and sustains a dictatorship.

Historical Investigation on interpretations of the British Empire (Non-examined Unit)

The purpose of the Historical investigation is to enable students to develop the skills, knowledge and historical understanding acquired through the study of the examined components of the specification. Through undertaking the Historical investigation students will develop an enhanced understanding of the nature and purpose of history as a discipline and how historians work. The Historical investigation contributes towards meeting the aims and objectives of the A-level specification. In particular it encourages students to:

  • ask relevant and significant questions about the past and undertake research
  • develop as independent learners and critical and reflective thinkers
  • acquire an understanding of the nature of historical study
  • organise and communicate their knowledge and understanding in a piece of sustained writing.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C grades at GCES (inc. English B grade)

Future opportunities

Many of our students have gone on to continue their studies of History at University level at a wide range of prestigious institutions across the country.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Trinity High School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017

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