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History A2 Edexcel at Sandown Bay Academy

Course description

‘A’ level History at S.H.S. is popular and successful: there are currently (2009-10) 75 students studying ‘A’ level History and in June 2009, of the 67 who completed AS or full ‘A’ level History, 42 (c.70%) achieved A -C grades. The aims of ‘A’ level History are to encourage students to: •Develop their interest in and enthusiasm for History •Acquire an appreciation of social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity through the study of aspects of British and non-British history •Build on their understanding of the past through a broad, balanced course of study •Improve as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers •Develop the ability to ask & research relevant and significant questions about the past •Acquire an understanding of the nature of historical study •Develop their use and understanding of historical terms, concepts and skills •Make links and draw comparisons between different periods and aspects of the past •Organise and communicate historical knowledge and understanding in different ways, arguing a case and reaching substantiated judgements A2 Units: Unit 3: Depth Studies & Associated Controversies: D1: From Kaiser to Führer: Germany 1900-45 (30% of ‘A’ level: external exam (part essay, part source-based) 2 hours) Unit 4: Historical Enquiry: CW40: Twentieth Century International Relations, 1870-1980 (20% of ‘A’ level: coursework in 2 parts – maximum total word limit 4,000 words) EXTRA FEATURES: There are currently five very experienced teachers delivering ‘A’ level History. The school is well-resourced with textbooks and Library resources are excellent. There may be opportunities to attend conferences or relevant museum exhibitions in London.

Entry requirements

Relevant AS qualification

Future opportunities

POSSIBLE PROGRESSION: Most ‘A’ level History students continue to University, many to continue their study of History. Some study other subjects at University e.g. Anthropology, English, Archaeology, Sports Science Sociology, Art, Medicine, Law, Architecture, Classics etc, for all of which History is an excellent preparation. A few students go straight into employment (e.g. Police, Armed Forces, Industry, Administration) SUGGESTED SUBJECT COMBINATIONS: History fits well with almost any combination of subjects. Currently some History students are studying History with a range of over 20 other subjects, the most popular being English Literature, English Language, Sociology, Psychology, Geography, Classics, Maths, French, Biology, Theatre Studies, Art, Photography and Law. You could take this course with other advanced level courses or equivalent to prepare for higher education in History or related subjects such as English, American Studies, Politics , Archaeology or more general courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to history by seeking employment in areas of heritage such as working for a museum or within education such as a teacher. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year