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History at Sir William Robertson Academy

Course description

A Level History builds upon your existing knowledge gained at GCSE, giving you a sound understanding of historical principles. The emphasis of the A Level history course is on historical knowledge and the skills required for historical research, with students gaining knowledge in cause and effect, continuity and change, similarity and differences and the use of historical evidence as part of your study.

The aim of A Level History is to develop an interest in the past; acquire an understanding and sound knowledge of selected periods or themes; to gain awareness of historical concepts; to appreciate the nature and diversity of historical sources and methods; grasp a variety of approaches to aspects and periods of history; to think independently and make informed judgements of issues; and to cultivate empathy with people living in diverse places at different times.

Lessons will involve a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies: reading, discussion, group work, video clips, presentations, role play, hot seating, independent research, statistical analysis, source analysis, revision exercises and examination technique practice.

In Unit 2 of the course students will visit Beth Shalom Holocaust Memorial Centre at Ollerton, with the possibility of a trip to Germany/Poland to visit a concentration camp, as well as other sites of interest.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement to get on a full AdvancedLevel programme at Sir William Robertson Sixth Form is 5GCSE grades at A*-C including English and Maths.

We would also normally expect you to have at least a grade C at GCSE, where taken, in the subject or course you wishto take at Advanced Level.

Where the GCSE has not been taken, the Core and/or a related GCSE will be used todetermine suitability.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir William Robertson Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 June 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years