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History A Level at Impington Village College

Course description

'Historians are dangerous people. They are capable of upsetting everything.'
Nikita Khrushchev, former Soviet Prime Minister

There are lots of good stories in History but the subject is not about learning the 'received version' of our past! There are facts, but which do we select as significant? There are events, but how do we interpret them? The way we think of our history strongly influences how we view our own world. It is an important subject - sometimes subversive, often enlightening, endlessly fascinating, always challenging.

History is taught through a variety of methods and media. As well as reading and discussion, you will handle a lot of primary materials, study video extracts, relive situations through simulations, prepare individual and group presentations, attend conferences, and pursue your own enquiries in libraries and through the internet. You will have to think for yourself.

Politics are at the centre of the course, because the actions of politicians have a profound effect on all of us, certainly in this century. However, economics, social behaviour, culture, thought and religion and a host of other areas are also involved, as we try to understand events in the past or today or in the future.

Course content

Year 12 History students study one unit on historical themes in breadth. They will examine Communism and Democracy in the 20th century through two depth studies: the first focuses on the Civil Rights Campaign in America between 1945-1968; and the second focuses on Stalin's Russia 1924-1953. In addition, a second unit allows students to examine an aspect of Conflict and Change in 19th and 20th Century through a study of Britain and the Nationalist Challenge in India 1900-47.

Year 13 History students study a further two units. The first unit is a depth study and examination of historical controversies surrounding Twentieth Century International Relations. The second unit is an internally assessed coursework programme which focuses on change and the significance of events, factors and individuals.

Entry requirements

It is not a requirement to have studied History at GCSE to take A level. It is, however, essential that you have an enquiring mind, an interest in the past and its relevance to current affairs, and an ability to communicate ideas effectively on paper. Assessment will be in modular form testing extended writing using both sources and your own knowledge.

For the A Level/Btec courses, a student will need At least 5 4-grades at GCSE level or level 2 equivalent and have a 4 grade or more in the subject s/he wishes to take at A Level/Btec.

Further information

For more information please contact the sixth form

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 27 June 2017
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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