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History A Level at The Judd School

Course description

Why Study History?

Studying History not only provides us with fascinating insights into human nature, but it also helps us understand the emergence of the political and societal structures we find today. Conflict and the struggle for power are concepts that have dominated the course of history, and the department therefore aims to provide an A-level course that pays tribute to this in structure and content.

What can I do with an A-Level in History?

History has a well-deserved reputation as a highly rigorous academic discipline and has therefore traditionally been held in high regard by employers and universities alike. A good historian combines an analytical mind with good research technique and the ability to put forward a strong, coherent and persuasive argument – a skill set needed to succeed in law, journalism, politics, and management amongst other more history-based careers; but also one that is essential to most other jobs where communication, persuasion and research are required.

History graduates can therefore be found in a wide range of fields from politics to business and even in the royal family. John F Kennedy, Prince Charles and Annita Roddick, the founder of ‘Body Shop’, are only a few examples of highly successful and influential history graduates.

Which other subjects combine well with History?

History complements other Humanities like Government and Politics, Religious Studies, English and Classics but also has significant overlaps with Economics and Geography, allowing students to develop a coherent specialism when studying a combination of these subjects. Furthermore, History can also provide a useful balance for students whose strengths lie in Maths, Sciences or Languages. Universities look favourably on students who have shown an interest or aptitude in subjects outside their specialism.

Course content

Why Study History?

Studying History not only provides us with fascinating insights into human nature, but it also helps us understand the emergence of the political and societal structures we find today. Conflict and the struggle for power are concepts that have dominated the course of history, and the department therefore aims to provide an A-level course that pays tribute to this in structure and content.

What can I do with an A-Level in History?

History has a well-deserved reputation as a highly rigorous academic discipline and has therefore traditionally been held in high regard by employers and universities alike. A good historian combines an analytical mind with good research technique and the ability to put forward a strong, coherent and persuasive argument – a skill set needed to succeed in law, journalism, politics, and management amongst other more history-based careers; but also one that is essential to most other jobs where communication, persuasion and research are required.

History graduates can therefore be found in a wide range of fields from politics to business and even in the royal family. John F Kennedy, Prince Charles and Annita Roddick, the founder of ‘Body Shop’, are only a few examples of highly successful and influential history graduates.

 

What you will be learning (course outline):

All students will conduct a Breadth Study covering a time span of over 100 years to investigate a nation’s internal power struggles throughout time. This is counter-balanced by a Depth Study that provides detailed insight into a particularly tumultuous period of history and complemented by a Non-Examined Unit (coursework) which allows students to research independently and use both historians and primary sources in context.

The chosen themes give insights into the changing nature of political authority and the challenges to it as all of our students study an aspect of Medieval or Early Modern Britain and one modern totalitarian regime. Covering this wide range of countries and historical eras, the course therefore exposes students to different historical methodologies and equips them with the valuable skills and the sound basis of knowledge required in higher education and today’s job market.

The Judd School enters students for the AQA History course. Students will study the following:

Unit 1 – Breadth Study

The Quest for Political Stability: Germany, 1871-1991

OR

Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855-1964

Unit 2 – Depth Study

Royal Authority and the Angevin Kings, 1154–1216

OR

The English Revolution, 1625-1660

Unit 3 – Non-Examined Unit (coursework)

The Crusades 

OR

The Tudors

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement is a Grade 7 at GCSE/ IGCSE. Students who have not taken the subject at GCSE must speak to the Head of History to discuss suitability.

Assessment

How it will be assessed:

Unit 1: 2.5h exam

Unit 2: 2.5h exam

Unit 3: 3000-word coursework essay

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Judd School directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: AQA 7042

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