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History AS A2 at Prince William School

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COURSE CONTENT AND ASSESSMENT AS Unit 1Document studies paper 2581The Civil War, where students will consider in depth the critical period between the collapse of Charles 1’s Personal Rule and his execution1 hour paperAS Unit 2English History period studies 2583A study of the rule of Charles 1 and the impact of the Personal Rule, the relationship between Crown and Parliament, the church and state and the foreign policy difficulties Charles 1 faced.45 minute paperAS Unit 3European and American History period studies 2586Germany 1919 - 194545 minute paper Units 4 and 5 are assessed by a terminal exam of 1 hour and 30 minutes A2 Unit 4Historical investigations 2589Chamberlain and Anglo-German relations – Students will consider British policy toward Germany between the wars, the interpretations of the aims and achievements of Neville Chamberlain and historical controversy surrounding Chamberlain and appeasementA2 Unit 5Themes in History 2591A study of the Russian dictatorship 1855-1956; from the reign of Alexander 11, Tsar liberator to the end of the Tsars, the revolutions of 1905 and 1917, the rise of Communism under Lenin and then Stalin, to the denouncement of Stalin under Khrushchev. A2 Unit 6Coursework 2592Students undertake an independent investigation of about 2,500 words on any period of British, European or World history. THE COURSEThe course is designed to challenge students to consider key events in history, analyse their significance and evaluate their importance, they will also develop skills of interpretation and critical thinking. Students will also have the chance to present ideas, lead discussion and work collaboratively on projects. They will also work on their essay writing skills to develop arguments and reach conclusions, all valuable assets in today’s work place.

Entry requirements

Students need to be aware that whilst they may have been successful at gaining a C grade at GCSE, this A level course is significantly more challenging. Therefore, we would expect students to achieve at least a B grade in History or English in order to gain entry on to the course.  Exceptions will be considered on a personal basis. History at GCSE is not a prerequisite.

Future opportunities

In the short term, the skills that history develops are highly transferable, which means that they can be used to aid the study of other subjects on the curriculum. In the long term, history can be very versatile and students who have studied history have gone on into careers in law, journalism, management, business, sales, personnel work, and the Civil Service.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Prince William School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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