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History A Level at Drapers' Academy

Course description

The study of History helps us to understand past mistakes, deal with current problems and prepare for future challenges. It informs every moment of every day.

Students who study History gain key academic skills such as analysis, comprehension, emotional understanding and empathy, literacy skills, debating skills and decision making and above all will develop a greater appreciation of the world around them and their place in it.

Course content

Britain: Democracy, Protest and Reform 1785 – 1870
At the end of the eighteenth century, much like the world around us at the beginning of the twenty-first century, people were experiencing technological changes and ideological shifts which would have a profound effect on politics, society and the economy. Students study how people adapted to these changes, challenged authority and shaped the industrialised Nation that Britain would become.

The Unification of Italy 1830 – 1870
The focus of this unit is on the process of Italian unification and the key political, economic, social and cultural factors influencing the nature of this process. It considers the extent to which popular pressure for change was undermined by forces from above and how the emergence of Piedmont was a driving force in Italian unification.

The Witch Craze in Britain, Europe and North America c1580 - c1750
This unit gives an overview of the historical context of population growth, increasing poverty, popular beliefs, religious changes and how the beginning of more scientific and rational explanations led to the decline of the witch craze. Key case studies such as the Demon Drummer of Tedworth, the life and activities of the self-styled witch finder general Mathew Hopkins and the trials and executions in Salem are explored to enable the students to understand and debate the impact of various factors on the course of the witch craze at different times and in different regional areas.

Students will develop skills in the analysis and evaluation of interpretations of history in a chosen question, problem or issue as part of an independently researched assignment. Students will be required to form a critical view based on relevant reading and required to analyse, explain and evaluate the interpretations of three historians.

Entry requirements

It is strongly preferred that all applicants have at least a grade B at GCSE History. For students who haven’t studied the subject at GCSE they require a grade C in English and Maths.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Drapers' Academy directly.

Last updated date: 18 April 2017
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