History AS/A2 Level at Heathfield Community College
History is a popular A Level course, delivered by experienced teachers who are passionate about the subject. The course is designed to enable the study of both Modern and Early Modern history, providing historical breadth. Studying A Level History means that you will investigate the past through a range of different mediums: accessing academic journals, podcasts, videos and contemporary source material. You will be encouraged to develop your independent learning skills, preparing for lessons beforehand so that you can take part in lively debates within lessons. History is a challenging subject but you will find yourself a well-rounded learner by the end of the course, able to formulate opinions, defend them using evidence and present ideas in a sophisticated manner.
UNIT 1: British Period Study & Enquiry
The Early Stuarts and the Origins of the Civil War 1603–1660 with The Execution of Charles I and the Interregnum 1646–1660)
1x 1hr 30 min exam, worth 25% of A Level
UNIT 2: Non- British Period Study
The American Revolution, 1740-1796
1 x 1hr paper, worth 15% of A Level
UNIT 3: Thematic Study and Historical Interpretations
Civil Rights in the USA 1865- 1992
1 x 2 hrs 30 min exam, worth 40% of A Level
UNIT 4: Topic Based Essay
Students choose from a selection of essay titles to research and answer independently.
3,000- 4,000 word coursework essay, worth 20% of A Level
A* - B in GCSE History
See Course Content for full details of assessments.
It's versatility as a subject means that A Level History helps students to keep their career options open. For those considering university, History remains a highly respected academic subject: in 2012 The Russell Group classified History as a 'facilitating subject' (a subject more often required by Universities than other A Level subjects), and a report issued by Cambridge University in 2013 showed that students who had History A Level had an 87% university acceptance rate. Students who take A Level history may go on to history related careers including historical researchers, archivists and working in heritage organisations. However the subject also supports other career paths, for example journalism, law, politics and public services. Past Heathfield History students have applied for university courses in History, International Relations, Law, English Language and Politics.
As History provides students with a range of skills it compliments many other subjects including: Politics, Law, Sociology, English Literature/Language, RE and Geography.
“[A] very interesting subject and well organised”
“It's been really engaging and each lesson is different, so nothing is ever boring...overall a great course”
“Fast and challenging”
Comments from 2014-15 A Level History Student Voice
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathfield Community College directly.