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History A Level at The Compton School

Course description

History is a dynamic, intriguing subject that makes sense of our present by investigating the past. By selecting History at advanced level, you’ll be taking your first steps on a journey that will take you deep into the individuals, societies, events and developments that have shaped and defined today. You’ll learn about seismic changes that have taken place around the world and the nations, people and ideas who were the driving forces behind them. In doing so, you’ll also learn, develop and refine skills that form the foundation of many degrees at respected universities; taking opportunities to work in groups, study independently and demonstrate your understanding and progression in a variety of ways. As you do so, you’ll be challenged to research, interpret, critically evaluate and question a range of arguments, as well as formulating, structuring and justifying your own. Furthermore, you’ll have access to exciting opportunities to travel both within the UK and abroad, with a range of trips including those linked to modules 2 and 3 in planning.

Course content

Each module is designed to provide you with a broad -yet deepunderstanding of the significant events, individuals, societies, developments and issues within a historical context. Linked together by the themes of change and revolution, each explores a different and varied historical period. In the first year, your study will focus on the shift in power between the crown and the people in 17th century Britain, before examining the causes, course and consolidation of the Russian Revolution of 1917. In your second year, the dynamism of the Civil Rights era comes under focus in a module that examines a period that began with millions of black Americans in slavery and ended with Barack Obama as President. A final coursework module will further engage your skills in analysis, judgement and evaluation by challenging you to question existing interpretations of a past issue.

Future opportunities

History is a respected choice at A-Level, fostering the development of skills that are applicable to a wide range of higher education courses and careers. These include Law, Journalism and Media, The Civil Service and Public Policy, Research and Education, Accountancy and Heritage and Curation careers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 June 2015
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