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History A Level at Feversham College

Course description

You should be fascinated by the past and enjoy analysing and evaluating people and events which have shaped the world we live in today. This course requires you to be able to express your arguments and those of others in extended writing and demonstrate the ability to think analytically and evaluate ideas, sources and historical interpretations. An enquiring mind, enthusiasm and the ability to organise yourself to deal with a significant workload are essential qualities to deal with this challenging, but rewarding, A-Level course. Extended independent reading and personal study outside lesson time is essential to this course– all potential students must commit to this to be successful. The course provides transferable key skills valued by universities and employers- such as extended writing and the ability to think critically– which open doors to a range of professions such as education, law, media and politics.

This course is taught over 2 years. There is no external exam at the end of year 12 so you should be committed to the full two year course– this means if you decide to drop the subject after year 12 you will leave with no qualification. All exams will be taken at the end of year 13. Students should ideally have studied History at GCSE (and attained a high grade pass), although in exceptional circumstances suitable students without GCSE History may be considered.

Course content

Under the new A-level specification students will have the opportunity to study a minimum chronological range of 200 years and a combination of both British and world History. The following subjects are studied:

  • Poverty and the state in Britain, 1780–1939
  • Russia 1917-91 from Lenin to Yeltsin
  • Mao’s China, 1949–76
  • An extended investigation unit based on historical interpretations

Entry requirements

The GCSE profile of students following the academic pathway is 5 A*-B (including English Language) and A*-C in Maths.

A*-C in GCSE History.

Assessment

Unit 1 Breadth study paper with interpretations paper, 30% of A-Level 2 hours 15 minutes exam, knowledge and interpretations based exam

Unit 2 Depth study, 20% of A-Level 1 hour 30 minutes exam, knowledge and sources based exam

Unit 3 Themes in breadth with aspects in depth, 30% of A-Level 2 hours 15 minutes exam, knowledge and sources based exam

Unit 4 Historical enquiry, 20% of A-Level Extended independent investigation analysing and evaluating historical interpretations (research and extended writing based)

Future opportunities

Your AS/ A2 will be nationally recognised by all universities and institutions and will contribute to your points score for entry into higher education.

The skills learned during the course, such as critical thinking, evaluation and analysis, will be highly regarded by employers, particularly for a career in Law. Many people go on to employment or to study History in Higher Education. This can lead to careers in museum work, teaching, research, and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Feversham College directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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