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History A Level at Sandhurst School

Course description

History is a fascinating subject that is greatly respected by the academic community; its value is recognised by employers and universities alike. History is especially useful for students who are interested in a career in the following professions: Journalism, Politics, Teaching, Law, The Services, and Police Force. However, history has many transferable skills. It will help any student who wishes to move into a profession that requires you to argue a case, research a topic or analyse data. The topics that we study are rich and diverse.

Course content

In Year 12, students study the French Revolution and the Rule of Napoleon from 1774 to 1815. Also, the weaknesses of Louis XVI and the Ancien Regime. Students develop an understanding of the Terror, the ascendency and fall of the revolutionary Robespierre, and the actions of the Jacobins. The course will also contain a detailed study of the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte. Finally, students discover how a postman changed France forever, why King Louis had a special bed for creating new laws, and which Parisian public executioner had to complain to his employers because he was overworked!

Sixth Form study of History will also encompass the period of Henry VII, Henry VIII and Edward VI. Many questions surrounding these monarchs will be covered. What made Henry VII such an athletic, pious and gifted man who turned into the tyrant that we associate with him today? Through analysis of source material we will gain an insight into this fascinating period.

In addition, students will examine the changing nature of warfare between 1792 and 1945. This course will focus on new technologies that influenced warfare and helped nations to expand their empires in the 18th and 19th centuries. We will then investigate how technological advances in the 20th century affected conflicts like WWI, where the death toll numbered in the millions.

Students will also be required to complete an independent study where they will research and investigate a certain historical topic, and answer a question of their choosing on that subject. Assessment will also be based on historical skills such as source analysis, debating and essay writing.

Entry requirements

A grade 6 at GCSE history and a grade 5 in English.

Future opportunities

History is a respected course, and one of the most popular choices taken at university. It can lead to employment in many areas.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sandhurst School directly.

Last updated date: 02 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years