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History A Level at Oldbury Wells School

Course description

If you enjoy the study of the past both for its own sake and also for the light it throws on the present, then History A Level is for you. The skills most developed by History are those of critical analysis and the ability to express ideas, knowledge and interpretations clearly and coherently. During your study of AS and A2 History you will encounter a range of activities. Together these will develop your knowledge and understanding necessary for the exam assessments, and develop your independence as a learner.

• Class discussion and debate.

• Evaluation of contemporary sources and analysis of historical interpretations.

• Research using text and web sources.

• Visits to relevant sites.

Course content

British period study and enquiry: (Unit Group 1) Study of the Later Tudors, together with a focus on the mid-Tudor crises.

Assessment– examination, 1 hour 30 minutes paper, 25% of total A Level.

Non-British period study: (Unit Group 2) Y223 study of the Cold War in Europe 1945-1991.

Assessment– examination, 1 hour paper, 15% of total A Level.

Thematic study and historical interpretations: (Unit Group 3) Y319 Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992. A thematic study over a period of at least 100 years and three in- depth studies of events, individuals or issues that are key parts of the theme.

Assessment– examination, 2 hour and 30 minutes paper, 40% of total A Level.

Topic based essay: Internally assessed coursework enquiry of student’s choice, externally moderated by OCR.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements: GCSE History grade B, English Grade 5

Future opportunities

Many employers regard A Level History as an excellent training in communication and in decision-making. As a well respected academic discipline, History is considered an excellent A Level subject for entry to almost all degree courses. The History course will furthermore provide those applying for predominantly scientific courses with academic breadth. History is one of the facilitating A levels. The study of history is a study of us as an international and global society. We study history to try to see things as other people saw them and interpret things in our own way. In the fields of management, law, administration, accountancy, journalism and marketing, this is a highly valued asset. It is certainly an ideal grounding for law, involving, as both do, the deployment of argument based on evidence.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 January 2017

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