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History A Level at Our Lady's Catholic College

Course description

In the first Year students will study one Brish history unit. This unit focuses on the early Tudors, Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary I. It looks at the break with Rome and Henry VIII’s struggle for a male heir.

Students also study Germany from 1919-1961. This is an overview of the problems that Germany faced a/er the First World War to the subsequent rise of the Nazi Party, their road to war and then Germany’s division in 1945 and the impact of the Cold War on Germany.

In the final year of A Level History students will study Civil Rights in the USA 1865- 1992 and this will include Africans-Americans, Women, Trade Unions and Nave Americans. Students will analyse the role of key individuals, important legal landmarks, the role of presidents and the importance of acvism in gaining equality for disadvantaged groups in the USA.

Students will choose a historical period, topic and an essay of their choice for the coursework element of the A Level. This is their opportunity to pursue an area of history that really interests them.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Grade 4


England 1485-1558
Brish period study and enquiry 25% of A Level - one essay queson and one document based queson (1 hour 30 minutes)

Germany 1919-61
Non-Brish Period Study 15% of A Level – one ‘mini-essay’ queson and one essay queson (1 hour)

Civil Rights in the USA 1865–1992
Themac Study 40% of A Level – two essay quesons and one interpretaons queson (2 hours 30 minutes)

A personal and independent essay of the student’s choice 20% of A Level (3,000- 4,000 words).

Future opportunities

History A Level gives students the opportunity to develop the techniques of crical thinking in a historical context – and the skills necessary to analyse and solve historical problems. Students also develop the ability to communicate historical arguments and conclusions clearly and succinctly with reference to appropriate historical terminology.

These are skills sought a/er by Universies and employers alike. History students go on to a variety of different careers including law, journalism, the media, business, the civil service, accountancy, theatre costume and set design, as well as careers in History such as teaching, museum work and archaeologists.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Our Lady's Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 28 February 2017
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