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History A and AS level at Bentley Wood High School

Course description

Is History the subject for you?

If you like to think critically, to argue differing viewpoints and to know that there isn’t always a right answer then History is for you. All we ask is that you are enthusiastic with a positive approach to learning. The current pass rate is 100% and our A2 students last year gained 100% pass grades A-C grades, while our AS students gained 100% pass grades and 90% A—C grades. History is for you if you enjoy learning about the past. To understand the past you will come to a far better understanding of the present.

Course content

The focus will be on Early Modern History. Component 1 is a Breadth Study and students will investigate Spain in the Age of Discovery 1469 -1598. Component 2 is a Depth Study and students will investigate Religious conflict in the Church of England 1529 – 1570 . These will be examined in May 2016 by completing two papers each of two hours and thirty minutes.

Methods of study:

You will learn how to write clear, well-argued essays and how to organize, present and research. Skills of interpretation and evaluation will be developed throughout the course. You will learn through a variety of teaching methods including role play, video, student presentations study visits and debates. There is even a virtual classroom where you can contribute to a discussion forum and pod cast your ideas!

Entry requirements

The general minimum entry requirements to study four AS courses are six GCSEs at C or above, including grade 5+ in English Language and Mathematics.

  • B in the subject is desirable




AS qualification will not count towards the final grade of an A Level and be a separate qualification in its own right (Linear).

Future opportunities

History also offers students the opportunity to acquire and improve on many of the key skills which have been identified as a priority for Higher Education after consultation with employers. It may surprise you to learn that historians do, in fact, provide more directors of Britain's leading companies in proportion to the number of graduates than any other subject, outperforming law, science and engineering. History can open doors to a whole range of careers but in particular it suites; research, law, public services, social work, leisure and tourism, marketing, journalism and all forms of media, theatre and film. There are a number of websites and television channels dedicated to History. You may even want to become a History teacher.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 October 2017
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