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History A Level at Lytchett Minster School

Course description

History is not simply about dead people, but the way we respond to the legacy that they have left—without an understanding of what went before, how can we make sense of everyday conversations, the places we visit, the aƫtudes we hold or the things we love or loathe? In the end, the knowledge developed may not last much longer than the last history exam, but the skills developed will last a lifetime!

The course covers the history of Britain, Russia and America over a total period of 200 years. As a department, we have chosen topics which we know students will love, which allow them to develop a thorough sense of chronology and historical understanding and which focus on the staff’s specialist subject areas.

Course content

From September 2015, the specification in History was updated to reflect government changes to A Levels. As a result, students will study three topics over two years. Topics currently covered are:

  • Unit 1 - Tsarist Russia, 1855-1964
  • Unit 2 - Making of Modern Britain, 1951 – 2007
  • Unit 3 - Controlled Assessment Unit on the causes of the American Civil War 1776-1861

Entry requirements

Students do not necessarily need to have studied History at GCSE level but we would give preference to those students who have achieved a grade B or higher in their GCSE History course. All students wanting to take A Level History must also have a grade 5 or above in English Language/Literature at GCSE. Students will have to be highly motivated and able to work hard to reach deadlines. They should demonstrate a genuine interest in and love for History and learning about the past. The ability to write extended answers is critical.

Future opportunities

Historians are welcomed into a whole range of jobs that require enquiring and disciplined minds, analytical skills, a commitment to self-improvement and a knowledge of the world. Previous A Level students are employed in a number of professions, from air traffic controllers to zoologists! Unsurprisingly, the History course offers excellent preparation for students entering Higher Education here or abroad. Past Lytchett historians have gone on to study History or Politics at Russell Group and Oxbridge universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lytchett Minster School directly.

Last updated date: 22 February 2017
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