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History at Carshalton Boys Sports College

Course description

During the course you will learn the following: the significance of events, individuals, issues and societies in history; how and why societies have changed over time; about the theories of historians and the language that they use to discuss their ideas; to understand the nature of historical evidence and the methods used by historians to analyse and evaluate it; to develop an understanding of how the past has been interpreted and represented; to
express your own historical ideas confidently and effectively. You will also cover a period exceeding 200 years of chronology.

The course will appeal to students who have an interest in the way that the world has developed through the ages, particularly between the early modern and modern periods; who enjoy investigation and discovery; who enjoy debate and like putting forward a well-argued case; who want to improve their analytical skill; who want to study a subject which encourages them to consider evidence and make up their own minds. It is recommended that you have at least a GCSE Grade B in History. You may still be accepted onto the course if you have not studied History at Key Stage 4, however you will be required to meet with the Head of Department to discuss your suitability. You must have secured at least a GCSE Grade B in English Language.

Course content

Year 1

Unit 1: Britain, c1785-c1870, Protest and Reform (1D)
Unit 2: German Unification 1840 - 1871

Year 2
Unit 3: Civil Rights and Race Relations in the USA: 1850-2009(D9 - 39.1);
Unit 4: Coursework
All students will undertake an historical investigation, producing a 3,000-4,000 word essay
on one of the following topics:
• War Guilt and the Second Reich
• The Popularity of the Third Reich
• The Power Structure of the Third Reich
• The Reasons of the Start of the Cold War
• The Reasons of the End of the Cold War

Entry requirements

Grade B in English Language, Grade B in  History.


Units are examined by written paper, except for unit 4 which is assessed through submitting coursework. For some units you will be provided with source documents to use in your answers. The exams for units 1 and 3 are 2 hours 30 minutes in total whilst the exam for unit 2 is 1 hour 30 minutes. The coursework unit includes the examination of source materials and the analysis of at least three different historian’s interpretations

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carshalton Boys Sports College directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016
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