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History A Level at Amersham School

Course description

Fascinated by the past? Intrigued by how History shapes the present? The History might be the perfect course for you. Theodore Roosevelt once said “the more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future”, never has this been truer. The new History specification has been designed to foster a love and understanding of the past and to also equip students with the skills necessary for the wider working world. Lessons have been planned to be as interactive and enjoyable as possible, with lots of group work, class debate, creative tasks and essay writing.

Studying History is not confined to the classroom; excursions are planned to enhance the learning and love of History. Our most recent trip saw many of our Sixth Form students visit Auschwitz and Berlin.

Course content

Unit 1E - Russia from Lenin to Yeltsin 1917-91
An exciting module that investigates some of the most exciting points in Russian History. Whether it be the Russian Revolution, Stalin’s terror or the collapse of the USSR. In this exam students will be expected to undergo an examination consisting of essay writing and source analysis.

Unit 2E.2 – German Democratic Republic 1949-90
Linking to the previous module, students investigate one of the most famous walls in the world - The Berlin Wall and how its construction impacted the Cold War. Students will also investigate the extent to which a new socialist state was implemented. This exam will consist of essay writing and source analysis.

Unit 3 – Poverty, Public Health and The State in Britain, c1780-1939
How did Britain develop into a welfare state? This British History module explores how successive governments have attempted to answer the question; “who is responsible for the poor?” We will investigate how said governments have gradually started to take responsibility for the health and welfare of the British public; in some ways successfully and in others disastrously. This exam consists of essay questions and source analysis.

Unit 4 - Coursework
The proposed coursework is an independent study that examines how history has been interpreted. At Amersham School, we have chosen to investigate one of the most hotly debated topics; “who was to blame for World War One?” Should we continue to believe that it was all Germany’s fault? Students will be putting their enquiry skills to use and will be constructing their own interpretation of who they believe was to blame.

Entry requirements

8 GCSE’s A* - C includng Grade B in History or Grade 6 English

Assessment

Unit 1E - Russia from Lenin to Yeltsin
External exam: 2 hours 15 minutes 30%
2 essay questions and 1 source analysis

Unit 2E.2 - German Democratic Republic 1949-90
External exam: 1 hour 30 min 20%
1 essay question and 1 source analysis

Unit 3 - Poverty, Public Health and The State in Britain, c1780-1939
External exam - 2 hours 15 min 30%
2 essay questions and 1 source analysis

Unit 4 - Coursework
Internal Assessment 20%
3000-4000 words

Future opportunities

You may be asking how will History help me in the future? Employers and universities value the research, analytical, teamwork and communication skills that are developed by History students, therefore opening the door to many different career opportunities. Examples of which are: Historian, Lawyer, Archaeologist, Teacher, Curator, Librarian, Politician, Archivist and much more.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 August 2017
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