History at Uplands Community College School Sixth Form
This course gives students the opportunity to study British, German and Italian History in depth.
For students who progress from our GCSE History course, the AS British unit has a familiar world context as it is set in the controversial periods following the Second World War and charts the recent history of Britain up to 1990. In European History the AS and A2 courses combine to offer a study of nationalism, focussing on the rise of fascism in Italy. We also follow Germany from unification, to trace its relentless path from Kaiser to Fuhrer, with its horrific consequences for the 20th Century world.
Students will benefit from a range of work and approaches including source work, role-play, video, concept mapping, discussion, debate and presentations. Students progressing from GCSE have already attained success in the required historical styles, skills and exam technique: continuity of Examination Board ensures these are the basis for further development at A Level.
5 A*- C grades at GCSE, including History at grade B or above or GCSE Humanities A grade. You will also need a grade B or above in English. Students without these requirements may be given special consideration, but must apply individually to the Head of Humanities.
The coursework includes two extended writing tasks: (i) focus on an individual/event (chosen by the student from a range on offer) and (ii) to place that individual/event into a 100-year context of British History. This unit is highly valued by Universities as it takes the format of a mini-dissertation including students researching their own contemporary sources.
Uplands A Level Historians have gone on to study a very broad range of degrees and work in a variety of different occupations. A list of notable A Level Historians includes Lord Sainsbury; the Chairman of Barclays Bank; Jonathan Ross; Salman Rushdie; Sacha Baron Cohen; Michael Palin; Lord Coe and Chris Martin.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Uplands Community College School Sixth Form directly.