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History A Level at Shirley High School Performing Arts College

Course description

Revolutions in early modern and modern Europe beyond a 200 year period.

You will study British and European History in the late Middle Ages and the late 20th Century. You will explore significant historical events and how change occurred due to popular ideas and the actions of key statesmen.

Entry requirements

You should have a love of History and a keen interest in the world around you. Good essay writing skills and the ability to analyse and evaluate different source material. You should enjoy independent research.

When qualifying to study A level subjects we will accept a ‘5’ as the equivalent grade for the new GCSE 1-9 measure for English and Maths. Most A level courses require a ‘B’ which is the equivalent of a ‘6’. BTEC Level 2 qualifications will only be counted in place of one GCSE subject. This is because they are not considered to have the required breadth of study necessary for the demands of a varied combination of A level subjects.

Assessment

Britain, 1625–1701: conflict, revolution and settlement

  • Written examination
  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Sections A and B comprise a choice of essays that assess understanding of the period in breadth
  • Section C comprises one compulsory question that assesses the ability to analyse and evaluate historical interpretations

Russia in revolution, 1894–1924

  • Written examination
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Section A comprises one compulsory question for the option studied, based on two sources. It assesses source analysis and evaluation skills
  • Section B comprises a choice of essays that assess understanding of the period in depth

Mass media and social change in Britain, 1882–2004

  • Written examination
  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Section A comprises one compulsory question for the option studied, assessing source analysis and evaluation skills (AO2)
  • Section B comprises a choice of essays that assess understanding of the period in depth (AO1)
  • Section C comprises a choice of essays that assess understanding of the period in breadth (AO1)

The Tudor State (1485-1603)

  • Coursework
  • 4000 word extended essay in two parts
  • The assignment will assess the ability to analyse and evaluate historical interpretations

Future opportunities

‘A’ Level History is a highly regarded qualification for any university course. You can progress to an honours degree in history or related subjects such as politics or economics. A Historian’s skills are also highly valued in a variety of careers including law, journalism, teaching, business and the public sector.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shirley High School Performing Arts College directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017
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