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History AS & A Level at Caterham High School

Course description

Students who study history will develop a coherent knowledge of the past. Students learn the techniques of critical thinking and skills needed to analyse and solve problems.

Students also develop the ability to communicate arguments and conclusions clearly and succinctly. Students will have opportunities to study significant individuals, societies, events & developments within a broad historical context. Students will be expected to study a range of historical perspectives, for example cultural; economic; ethnic; political; religious; scientific; social or technological.

Course content

Students will study 3 Units:

1A The Age of the Crusades, c1071–1204
This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:

  • What were the motives of the crusaders and the counter-crusaders?
  • What problems faced the states in Outremer and how successfully were these problems addressed?
  • How important were faith and ideas for Christians and Muslims?
  • What was the impact of the crusades on the Muslim Near East?
  • How did the Byzantine Empire, Outremer and the Latin West change and what influenced relations between them?
  • How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?

2N Wars and Welfare: Britain in Transition, 1906 – 1957
This option provides the opportunity to study a period of major change in depth, focusing on key ideas, events and developments.

  • The Liberal crisis
  • The impact of World War One
  • The search for stability 1922 – 1929
  • The ‘Hungry Thirties’
  • The ‘People’s War’ and peace, 1939 – 1951
  • ‘Never had it so good’, 1951 – 1957

3 Historical Investigation (Personal Study)
Students will study a period of History and write their answer to a question on it (around 4000 words).

Entry requirements

7 GCSE’s at grade A*–C including Maths, English at grade C/grade 4 and at least a C grade in either History, Sociology or another essay writing subject.

Assessment

AS Assessment Format

  • Unit 1 1 hours 30 minutes written exam Two questions (one compulsory). 50% of AS
  • Unit 2 1 hours 30 minutes written exam Two questions (one compulsory). 50% of AS

A Level Assessment Format

  • Unit 1 2 hours 30 minutes written exam Three questions (one compulsory). 40% of A Level
  • Unit 2 2 hours 30 minutes written exam Three questions (one compulsory). 40% of A Level Unit 3 3–3500 word coursework on a topic of your choice. 20% of A Level

Future opportunities

Degrees in History, The History of Ideas, History and Politics, Careers in civil service, teaching, law, and local government or any career needing logical, progressive thought.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 January 2017
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