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History AS/A at Ormskirk School

Course description

History is the ‘mega-subject’ which ‘contains’, and thus provides a context for, all others (all the music, paintings, scientific discoveries, literature etc. have come down to us from the past); ‘all life is there’ History is about people (what they have done and why; what ‘makes them tick’) and people are by nature fascinating – sometimes horribly fascinating. The knowledge, understanding and skills learned in History are very ‘marketable’ TEACHING METHODS whole-class work, group work, pair work supported individual study ‘active History’ use of a full range of sources, from websites to historic folk rock. It is hoped to arrange guest speakers and visits in support of this course. Students are expected to do a significant amount of background reading. COURSE COMBINATIONS The content and skills of the History course sit well with most subjects, including Science (which has its own history). COURSE CONTENT The course followed is offered by the Edexcel examining board and is delivered in three History Study Units at AS and three at A2. SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS It is desirable to have studied History at GCSE and to have gained a good grade, but discretion may be exercised when, for example, a student clearly has the right skills and attitude but ‘dropped’ History at KS4. (We can all make a mistake when young!).

Future opportunities

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 Ormskirk School directly.

Last updated date: 27 February 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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