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History Edexcel AS and A Level at Elthorne Park High School

Course description

History is an exciting course in which students will gain a broad overview and assess the historical significance of events, ideas, attitudes and beliefs and how these influenced behaviours and action.

Students study a period of British history to develop an in-depth understanding of attitudes, beliefs and structures of society.

The Advanced GCE in History will appeal to you if:

  • you have an interest in the world around you, the society you live in, and how it has developed
  • you like learning about people, how they interact, and what motivates them
  • you like learning about different countries, societies and cultures
  • you enjoy discussion and debate and you like to develop your own views
  • you enjoy research and analysing material to check for bias and propaganda.

 

Course content

AS Level:

  • Russia 1917-91: from Lenin to Yeltsin.
  • Mao’s China, 1949-76

A Level:

  • The British Experience of warfare, c1780-1918
  • Coursework: Analysing and evaluating Historians interpretations of the past

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSE grades (including English and Maths) and a minimum of a B grade in the GCSE related to your chosen subjects.

Assessment

AS Level:

Russia 1917-91: from Lenin to Yeltsin (breadth study with interpretations)

  • 3 questions
  • Sections A and B will be essays to assess understanding of the period in breadth.
  • Section C will assess the ability to analyse and evaluate historical interpretations.
  • 2 hours and 15 mins

30% of A Level

Mao’s China, 1949- 76 (Depth study)

  • Section A assesses source analysis and evaluation skills.
  • Section B is an essay that assesses understanding of the period in depth.
  • 1 hour 30 mins
  • 20% of the A Level

A Level:

The British Experience of warfare, c1780-1918 (Themes in breadth with aspects in depth)

  • Section A assesses source analysis and evaluation skills.
  • Section B is an essay that assesses understanding of the period in depth.
  • Section C assess understanding the period in breadth.
  • 2 hours and 15 mins
  • 30% of the A level

Coursework: Analysing and evaluating Historians interpretations of the past

  • Single assignment on a question set by the school which assesses the ability to carry out an historical enquiry, analysing and evaluating historical interpretations.
  • Between 3,000 and 4,000 words.
  • 20% of the A Level

Future opportunities

History is extremely valuable in many careers including: architecture, business, civil service, journalism, law, media, medicine, law enforcement, politics, teaching, research, tourism, marketing, product development and economics. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Elthorne Park High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 December 2016

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    • At EPHS Sixth Form we aim to provide you with a broad and exciting range of opportunities so that you are in the best possible position to go on to further study, work and become an positive member of the community.  As such, we have a variety of activities on offer outside of lessons.

      Extra-curricular

      There is a huge range of extra-curricular activities on offer at Elthorne including sports teams, music groups, language clubs and more! Please see the timetables which will be distributed within the first few weeks for further details. Sixth Form students are also encouraged to set up their own activities or societies and support teachers in running clubs for younger students

      Whole school projects

      These projects are a great way to give back to the school, support younger students and learn skills at the same time. Currently we have a number of projects running including: Senior prefects, Year 7 accelerated reader scheme and academic mentoring

      Community projects

      EPHS has strong links with the community and we encourage students to nurture these by contributing to local projects.

      Enrichment lesson

      You will have one enrichment period every two weeks. In this hour you will be able to choose from a range of activities and courses to learn new skills and develop your knowledge outside of your A-level/BTEC courses. Some students will also be able to lead an activity.