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History at The Sixth Form College Solihull

Course description

A Level History is a fantastic springboard for future personal and career development. We study people, events, processes, controversies and in doing so develop the skills of analysis, evaluation, reflection and empathy. History students learn how to select and prioritise information; support, justify and prioritise arguments; and the persuasive presentation of complex arguments with sensitivity. Students will need to be interested in people, their motivations and behaviour, and different societies. You will be expected to debate and develop your views around controversial historical topics.

Course content

British History – 1547–1603: the Later Tudors
Students will be taken on a journey from the end of the reign of Henry VIII when England was left in the hands of a boy king Edward, the Catholic Mary Tudor and the legendary Elizabeth I. This period will be assessed by a question which involves the use of primary sources based around debates. The second topic studies Elizabethan England. The themes to be explored are Religion, Government, Economic and Social affairs. The course culminates with a study of the years 1588-1603 when students will look at the “Golden Age” of Elizabethan England and investigate how “Golden” it really was. This second topic will be assessed by a written essay in the exam. 25% of A Level.

European History – Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany 1919-63
This unit focuses on the building and strength of democracy in Germany, before and after World War 2. The rise of dictatorships in the 1930s and in East Germany after World War 2 is also explored, as is the nature of society and the economy in democratic and dictatorial societies. This is an essay based paper. 15% of A Level.

Thematic Study – Russia and its Rulers 1855-1964
Students study Russia and its Rulers in a broad study of change and continuity over 100 years in the nature of Russian rulers, from Tsars to Commissars. The changes and continuity in social policy, economic policy and the style of government are also taught, as are issues around reform, reaction and success in war. Three in depth case studies of events, individuals or issues develop student’s ability to evaluate different views in History. This is the exam that carries the most marks and will include a written interpretation question and two essays. 40% of A Level.

Students complete a personal investigation of a controversy from one of the examination units in a 3-4,000 word personal investigation. Developing university level research, selection and interpretation skills they will evaluate (primary) sources and (secondary) historian’s interpretations to develop an answer that addresses the historical debate or controversy. 20% of A Level.

Entry requirements

Standard 3 A level Programme:

The majority of our students will choose to study 3 A level courses and will commit to these subjects for the full 2 years. Entry requirements for this programme are:

• At least two grade 6s or B grades at GCSE
• At least a further three grade 4s or C grades at GCSE
• You should have at least a grade 4 or C grade in GCSE English Language AND Mathematics.

Please note that there may be additional entry requirements specific to particular courses – please check each course listing on our website carefully to ensure you understand these entry requirements.

4 A level Programme:

Some very able students may choose to study 4 A level subjects. This will include all students who choose to study A level Further Mathematics, who will pick Mathematics, Further Mathematics and two other subjects. These students must commit to these 4 subjects for the full 2 years. Entry requirements for this programme are:

• At least five grade 7s or A/A* grades at GCSE
• You should have at least a grade 6 or B grade in GCSE English Language AND Mathematics.
• Students picking Mathematics and Further Mathematics will need to get at least a grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics.

Students must have a grade 4 (C) or above in History if they have taken it at GCSE. It is not necessary however to have studied History at GCSE. In addition, standard A level entry requirements apply.


Coursework (20%)
Examination (80%)
Examining Board – OCR.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Sixth Form College Solihull directly.

Last updated date: 22 September 2017
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