History A Level at Holy Cross Sixth Form College
History is about exploring the past, and the events and developments which have shaped today's world. Through doing this you also develop skills relevant to the world of work, such as the processing of large amounts of varied information, and the ability to devise and present argument - both oral and written - concisely and fluently. It also encourages you to use your initiative and to undertake independent study. Our course at Holy Cross uses a variety of teaching methods to help you develop these skills, and we arrange a number of visits to local museums and to key European cities to complement the work we do in the classroom.
Our course concentrates on the study of a broad range of History. In the first year you will study two modules, the first on the Tudors and the way in which this family became one of the most famous in History complete a piece of coursework, which is on the Civil Rights Movement in the USA. In the second year you will study Germany from 1918 - 1989, looking at the transformation and upheaval German society went through during these years. You will study Italy from its unification to living under the dictatorship of Mussolini. You will sit all exams in June of your second year and your ability to write an essay and use sources will be assessed.
General college entry requirements. If you have taken GCSE History you need to have grade C or above. If you have not taken GCSE History you need to have GCSE grade C in English Language plus GCSE grade C in an essay writing subject such as English Literature or Religious Studies.
History is well established in higher education - particularly with the leading universities - and respected by employers. It is also useful if you are considering careers in teaching (all levels), museums, tourism and leisure, information services, the media and management - both private and public sectors, and the civil service. It is particularly recommended if you are considering studying Law and other competitive courses at university. Many Holy Cross students go on to take degrees in History or related subjects.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Cross Sixth Form College directly.