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History A level at Harris Academy Merton

Course description

History A Level is now a two year linear course and will be assessed at the end of the two years with three examination units and one coursework unit. 

Those wishing to undertake the AS qualification will be assessed by two examination units at the end of their first year of study.

Course content

There will be a choice of 8 routes that centres can pick from, covering a range of topics and time periods:

  • Route A: Conquest, control and resistance in the medieval world
  • Route B: Religion and the state in early modern Europe
  • Route C: Revolutions in early modern and modern Europe
  • Route D: Challenges to the authority of the state in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
  • Route E: Communist states in the twentieth century
  • Route F: Searching for rights and freedoms in the twentieth century
  • Route G: Nationalism, dictatorship and democracy in twentieth-century Europe
  • Route H: Democracies in change: Britain and the USA in the twentieth century

Within these routes, students study two different units which are both assessed by examination.

Depending on the choice of route selected by Merton Campus in Year 12, students will study one of the following topics for Unit 3 in Year 13.  (Note: there are some prohibited combinations of topics)

  • Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII, 1399–1509
  • Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485–1603
  • The Golden Age of Spain, 1474–1598
  • The witch craze in Britain, Europe and North America, c1580–c1750
  • Industrialisation and social change in Britain, 1759–1928: forging a new society
  • Poverty, public health and the state in Britain, c1780–1939
  • Britain: losing and gaining an empire, 1763–1914
  • The British experience of warfare, c1790–1918
  • Protest, agitation and parliamentary reform in Britain, c1780–1928
  • Ireland and the Union, c1774–1923
  • The changing nature of warfare, 1859–1991: perception and reality
  • Germany, 1871–1990: united, divided and reunited
  • The making of modern Russia, 1855–1991
  • The making of modern China, 1860–1997
  • Civil rights and race relations in the USA, 1850–2009
  • Mass media and social change in Britain, 1882–2004

Students will also study a fourth Unit in Year 13 which is assessed by coursework on a topic decided by the centre and the students.

Entry requirements

Standard Sixth Form Entry Requirements:

  • To study 4 A levels: must have average GCSE points score of 52+
  • To study 3 A levels: must have 7 A* - C grades in full course GCSE subjects
  • To study 3 A levels/vocational combination: must have 5 A* - C/9 - 4 grades at GCSE or Merit or above in Vocational subjects
  • To study vocational level 3 subjects: 5 A* - C/9 - 4 grades at GCSE or equivalent, with at least a merit/C/4 grade in a relevant vocational qualification or GCSE
  • Extended writing A level subject students will need a combination of at least grades 4 and 5 in English Language and English Literature

Subject specific requirements:

Students require a grade B or above in History and English Language GCSE.

Future opportunities

A Level History is recognised as a highly academic subject.  Students who study this subject progress in to a variety of career paths which have included law, politics, teaching and business management.  The skills you will develop will also prepare you for further education and employment.  You will learn how to evaluate and analyse information, how to weigh up evidence and communicate complex ideas effectively.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Academy Merton directly.

Last updated date: 09 December 2016
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