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History A Level at Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form

Course description

History is often likened to a detective story; an attempt to understand and explain what happened in the past. There is a large part of the study of history that is exactly that; the search for the motivations and reasons for the actions of people in the past.
When did Hitler order the deaths of millions of Jews in the Holocaust? Why did a revolution in Russia in 1917, promising power, food and land to the people, end up producing one of the most ruthless dictators of all? However, history is also a subject in which you have to feel empathy for people in the past. It’s not just the great events of time, but also the thoughts and feelings of people who have gone before us, from 13 year-old soldiers in the Trenches to leaders of nations. History is also the search for some structure to our present, by understanding what went before us, we can make more sense of the present – why the world works the way it does, why one country has power but another does not. It also helps us understand our more personal origins, as products of our times. It is true that History is a written subject, and students of history will find their writing skills developing so that they can present a sensible and coherent argument, both in debate and on paper.



Breadth Study - (1L) The Quest for Political Stability: Germany 1871–1991 - Weighting 40% of A-Level, Examination - 2 hours 30 minutes, Three questions (one compulsory (80 marks)
Content: German Empire in 1871, Emperors & Chancellors, Struggle between Autocracy and Democracy, Development of the economy, Condition of Germany in 1914, Impact of World War One, 1918 revolution, Post-War political & economic problems, Social & Cultural changes in Germany in the 1920s. The Nazi experiment, 1929–1949. Division to unity: the Federal Republic of Germany, 1949–1991.
Depth Study - (2M) Wars and Welfare: Britain in Transition 1906–1957 - Weighting 40% of A-Level Examination - 2 hours 30 minutes, Three questions (one compulsory (80 marks)
Content: Liberal Reforms, Political, Economic and Social impact of the First World War, the search for stability in the 1920s, First Labour Government, Social & Cultural changes. The ‘Hungry Thirties’, 1929–1939. The People’s War and Peace, 1939–1951. ‘Never had it so good’? 1951–1957.
Historical Investigation (Personal Study) of a topic  which pre- dates 1791 - Weighting 20% of A-Level. Marked by teachers, Moderated by AQA, 3000-3500 words (40 marks )
Content: A personal study based on a topic of student’s choice. This should take the form of a question in the context of approximately 100 years. It must not duplicate the content of options chosen for Components 1 and 2. Through the topics studied in Components 1, 2 and 3 (Historical Investigation), A-level students must cover a chronological range of at least 200 years.


Future opportunities

Throughout the course students will learn the skill of enquiry and will learn to present well argued and analytical answers. They will be encouraged to critically examine their own views and the views of others. History is highly respected by universities and employers.
Specifically students intent on careers in law, journalism and education are encouraged to study the subject but the skills developed are transferable and relevant to a huge variety of jobs.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016
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    • If you are looking to join an excellent Sixth Form where you will achieve good results and have a great time too, Ferndown Upper School is the place for you!

      At Ferndown Upper School we believe that all Sixth Formers are entitled to a full range of activities that include the opportunity to:

      • Participate in main school life and run their own Student Union which organises social events, parties, charity fundraising and improvements to the college block.
      • Enjoy music and sports.
      • Receive clear guidance on future work options and applications to university.

      Every student’s future is important to us, therefore we organise dedicated sessions to provide detailed information on all option choices after Sixth Form. Our Head of Year 13 is also the UCAS co-ordinator at FUS and arranges workshops for students to guide them through the application process to gain entry to university, apprenticeships or employment.

      Furthermore, to ensure that we are offering the best educational and pastoral support, each student is linked to a tutor who will guide them through Sixth Form and will monitor their progress through regular academic mentoring sessions. The tutor is the first contact for students and parents for information and guidance. Tutors can arrange career appointments in school, set in motion information requests to subjects to check academic progress and can organise meetings between students, subject staff and parents.

      The Sixth Form is very much a social community and relations between students and teachers are relaxed and friendly. No two experiences of the Sixth Form are the same, but everyone has much to gain and much to contribute.

      We welcome committed students with ambition. Our most gifted and talented students often progress to the country’s top universities and training establishments, and to promote this students are encouraged to take part in mock interviews with local dignitaries. Our emphasis on taking control and becoming independent learners and thinkers promotes personal growth in all our students. The student community that results is distinctly colourful and energetic.