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History A Level at Newcastle Sixth Form College

Course description

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it - George Santayana

You will study the history of a range of different periods and nations and analyse the political, social and economic trends and developments of these periods. This will enable you to develop a broad historical understanding.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE at A* - C which should include English and Maths.

Students who have not achieved a grade C or above in English and/or Maths will be required to resit them during their first year.


Learning and assessment

Learning will take place through class and small group discussions, research tasks, independent reading and note-making. A key feature of assessment is through essay writing and source analysis. Homework will be regularly set and you are encouraged to engage with independent reading and research. Learning and progress will be assessed and supported throughout the course through discussions and questions, presentations, group tasks and independent written work.

A Level History has four modules across the two years, with a balance of coursework and exam assessments.

Year 1
• Britain 1930-1997: Exam based module: 25% of total A Level.
• The French Revolution and the fall of Napoleon 1774-1815: Exam based module: 15% of total A Level.

Year 2
• Russia and its Rulers 1855-1964: 40% of total A Level.
• Topic based essay: 20% of total A Level.

Future opportunities

The skills acquired whilst studying this subject will enable you to progress onto a range of degrees in humanities. There are a number of careers that you can progress into from having studying history such as work in the heritage and museum sector, archivist, teacher, journalism and political work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 August 2016
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