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History A Level at La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls' School

Course description

History A Level encourages you to understand and think intelligently about aspects of modern history. It involves much more than just learning vast amounts of factual information. What most students find most rewarding in History is the attempt to understand, evaluate and analyse the past. You will, for example, learn to make judgements about the policies of individual leaders and nations, or to analyse the causes of a particular event and evaluate the importance of different factors. Then you will have to write a well-organised and clearly explained essay giving your answer. Part of your A level course will involve analysing and evaluating primary source material and using it to add to your understanding of a subject.

Course content

• Britain, 1625-1701: Conflict, Revolution and Settlement. Breadth study with interpretations.
• Russia in Revolution 1894-1924. Depth study.
• Poverty, public health and the state in Britain c1780-1918.

Students complete an independently researched enquiry on historical interpretations, e.g. Race relations in the USA c1950s-1960s or the origins of the Cold War.

Entry requirements

To gain entry onto the A Level Pathway students would need 5 or more B grades in their GCSE qualifications including a C grade in Maths and English Language. A Level students should chose 3 subjects and the ASDAN COPE Award.

Future opportunities

Relevant degrees include: History, Politics, International Relations and or any Humanities, Economics, Social Sciences, Law and Business

Relevant careers include: Representative politics/ local and national government, public sector, education, third sector, journalism/ media, museums, research, HR, marketing and PR.

Further information

Field trips to historical sites in London connected to Charles I, Oliver Cromwell and Charles II, such as the Place of Whitehall.

Study conferences at top universities and education institutions.

Museum visits e.g. Welcome Collection exhibitions on Public Health

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 16 February 2017
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