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History at The Blandford School

Course description

Are you interested in:  Understanding how Britain became a democracy  Exploring how Modern Europe and America has been shaped by its History?  Investigating how change has been brought about and its effects upon people? As well as being interesting in its own right, History is a subject which is widely accepted as a good qualification for going on to a variety of further education courses or straight into employment. It is particularly useful for courses in the fields of law and public administration. A detailed knowledge of History will also help you to have a better understanding of current political, economic and social developments.

Course content

Year 12 History You will study British History, looking at the Civil War of the Seventeenth Century You will study how political and religious tensions led to fundamental changes which still have an impact upon Britain today. We also focus upon the period, 1894—1924 in Russian history, looking at how war and revolution, created the world‘s first communist state. Year 13 History You will have the opportunity to study how African-Americans struggled to achieve civil rights, culminating in the election of President Obama. Also you will extend your understanding of historical controversy by looking at how historians have interpreted and disagreed over the causes of the First World War.

Entry requirements

Standard entry requirement (5+ A*-C at GCSE inc. English).

Assessment

If you choose to only study the AS course you will undertake two examinations at the end of Year 12 — one on ‗Britain1625-1701‟ and one on ‗Russia 1994-1924‟. For the two-year full A-level course at the end of Year 13 you will undertake two examinations on the Year 12 content (‗Britain 1625—1701‟ and ‗Russia 1894—1924‟) for which you will have a choice of questions and use both primary and secondary source material. You will also undertake one examination that asks you to complete source and essay based questions on ‗Civil Rights in the USA‟. Finally you will also carry out coursework on the ‗Causes of the First World War,‘ which accounts for 20% of your final grade.

Future opportunities

Leading to a career in:  Law  Journalism  Publishing  Local Government  Management  And many other areas.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Blandford School directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2016
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