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History AS/A Level 3 at Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend

Course description

Essential skills

• The ability to comprehend and recall large amounts of information

• The ability to write in a clear, concise and coherent manner

• The ability to comprehend, make inferences from, and use written sources

Course content

AS (AQA)/Pre-U (Cambridge)

British History – The study of domestic and foreign policy issues such as the Liberal Welfare reforms, Ireland, Britain and the First World War, The General Strike between 1906-1929

American History – An outline of foreign and domestic issues including the Reconstruction era, political developments, imperialism, the USA and WW1 between c1865 – 1920.

Year 2 (Pre-U continued)

British History – An outline of domestic and foreign issues and themes including Gladstone and Disraeli, the British Empire, Ireland, the Liberal Welfare Reforms, David Lloyd George, Britain and WW1 and the General Strike between c1868-1929.

American History – A combined document and essay paper on American civil rights 1954-1980. This looks at the ideology, leadership, and organisations involved in campaigning for change. In addition it covers the role of the federal government, and groups opposed to change.

Coursework – Students complete a research essay of around 4000 words on a topic of their choice within the parameters set by the exam board

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE History. Past results show that high grades at A Level require an 7/8 at GCSE, and an excellent level of effort and commitment from students..

Future opportunities

University requirements

A level History’s academic demands and standing means that it is classified as a ‘facilitating subject’ by the Russell group universities. Offers to study History at university are traditionally in the range : A*AA (Cambridge, Durham), AAA (Oxford [+HAT test], Bristol, King’s London), AAB (Royal Holloway London, Southampton, Sussex), ABB (Essex, Kent, Leicester), BBB (Swansea)

You could go on to do a degree in: History; International History; Politics, Economics, Philosophy; Economic History; Social History; Product Design; Architecture; Classic Civilization; History and Fashion; Design Cultures; Anthropology and History or Art; Archaeology and History.

Career Options: Business Management; Civil Servant; Law; Politics; Human Resources; Writing; Journalism; Teacher; Architect; Design; Economist; Planning; Research; Archaeology; Restoration

Further information

The lessons will include a variety of approaches including teacher presentation, group work, research activities, use of the internet and also student presentations and written exercises. The subject requires students to take an increasing responsibility for their learning, and to cope with the amount of background reading involved, particularly for the Pre-U course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend directly.

Last updated date: 11 December 2018
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