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History A Level at Oldershaw Academy

Course description

A good History student must be someone who has a keen interest in the past, who enjoys examining and analysing why an event happened and who always has an open mind about new ideas. The A-Level course is designed to build upon the skills developed at GCSE level, although you do not have to have taken GCSE History in order to study at A-Level. A-Level History goes well with Arts and Science courses.

Course content

The new A-Level syllabus is a modern British, German Russian course. The course includes all aspects of 20th Century History covering both World Wars and their effect on both British and European society up to 2007. The new course will consist of 4 modules, 2 to be taken in Year 12 and 2 in Year 13. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to think independently and to use your powers of analysis and interpretation, using a wide variety of sources, including the media.

AS Level
Unit 1 Tsarist Russia 1855-1917
Unit 2 Nazi Germany 1933-1945

Assessment
Unit 1 Written Paper 1¼ hours (50% AS)
Unit 2 Written Paper 1½ hours (50% AS)

A2 Level
Unit 3 Britain 1951-2007
Unit 4 Coursework – Personal Study

Assessment
Unit 3 Written Paper 1½ hours (55% A2 Level)
Unit 4 Personal Study (45% A2) (approximately 3000 words)

Entry requirements

Grade C or above in GCSE History and English Language. Good grades in other supporting subjects are likely to provide the best basis for success.

Future opportunities

A-Level History can be a very rewarding course to follow and is an excellent preparation for many careers, e.g. Journalism, Law, Media and more traditional careers like Banking, Financial Services and the Armed Forces. It is also a very well regarded subject at University level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oldershaw Academy directly.

Last updated date: 24 September 2015
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