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A Level History at Ricards Lodge High School

Course description

Students who study history will develop the ability to interpret a range of historical sources, access information to make informed judgements, argue and debate controversial issues and write formal essays supported by relevant historical evidence. You will be involved in debates and discussions that will often be informed by the independent completion of background reading; work both independently and collaboratively in order to undertake historical enquiries. We have links with King’s College London, The School of Oriental and African Studies (we conduct university visits and are given access to their libraries for the coursework units) and we take students on Conferences led by leading academics from the A-Level Conference Company. History complements Science & Maths, due to its use of sources development of research skills, as well as all humanities subjects such as RS, Sociology, Psychology, English, Geography, Politics and more. History is one of the most highly respected academic subjects for students to choose when considering their university choices.

Course content

 Unit 1: British period study and enquiry (any period from c.800 to c.1600) Medieval or Early Modern British History (Students from Ricards Lodge High School & Rutlish School are currently conducting student surveys/student voice to choose the topic theme for this unit) (25%)

 Unit 2: Non-British period study: Russia 1894-1941: From autocracy to communism (15%)

 Unit 3: The Middle East 1908-2011: Ottomans to Arab Spring Thematic study and historical interpretations: (40%)

 Unit 4: Topic based essay: (unit Y100) Learners will complete a 3000–4000 word essay on a topic of their choice, which may arise out of content studied elsewhere in the course. This is an internally assessed unit. Students may choose a topic that it either a part of a unit they have already studied OR they may choose an independent topic (20%)

Entry requirements

GCSE History grade B or higher. Students applying for this course must have a minimum GCSE APS of 44 points.


 Units 1 – 3 will be assessed by examination
 Unit 4 will be assessed by coursework.

Future opportunities

History is highly respected subject and is excellent preparation for a range of university degrees. People who study History may go on to study History, Law, Sociology, the Social Sciences, Media, Politics, Philosophy, Economics, American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies and even the Sciences.

History opens up a very broad range of career opportunities. These include law, the media, journalism, detective work, banking, marketing, advertising, politics, working on television, research jobs, academic careers in History, teaching and much more. Many people who study History go on to develop successful careers in Law, Journalism, the Media, Politics, set up their own businesses, economics, international development and charity work, humanitarian groups and activist groups such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 May 2015
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    • The combined 6th form of Ricards Lodge High School and Rutlish School offer students at every academic level access to courses in all curriculum areas including our specialist subjects – Mathematics, Computing, Performing and Visual Arts – ensuring access to University Education and a wide range of vocational careers. As a 6th form student at RR6 you will benefit from our commitment to first class teaching and also to providing a pastoral framework that will support you in becoming an independent achiever. Our Director of Sixth Form will work across both schools to ensure the quality and continuity of support, advice and guidance.

      You will also have access to new, high quality accommodation and resourcing including a learning resources centre,  wi-fi facilities and specialist classroom space.