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History A-Level at Egglescliffe School

Course description

This course starts with a modern British study between 1930 and 1997. You will consider the preparation for war in the 30s and the role of Churchill during the Second World War. Alongside this you will study the French Revolution and Napoleon – key developments which have shaped our modern world. In the second year students will study the Vikings- the raids on the north and east, the influence on settlements and culture, the importance of York, the Viking capital . The coursework assignment (20%) will focus on developing your skills to pursue an area of personal interest to research – this is highly valued by universities who insisted it must be taught part of history A level.

All History courses include one coursework unit and three examined units, assessed at the end of the second year. The coursework will be an extended essay completed independently with teacher guidance. This will require you to research a topic on your own using books and articles found in the library or from online sources . The examination will require you to demonstrate a mixture of evidence and essay writing skills.

Course content

History is the only subject that is about real people who actually lived. History is always changing. Many issues in the news have historical roots so that studying History will help you to understand the modern world. This makes it a lively subject to study. It is full of issues and arguments.

History lessons are varied and active. Activities which regularly take place are debates, role plays, presentations, research and decision making games. You will use photos, music, film and computer based research. Students will also be expected to study on their own by reading, taking notes, preparing presentations and writing essays.

Entry requirements

5+ A*-C grades in GCSEs or equivalent qualifications including English Language and Maths.

Subject Specific

You should have at least a grade B in History (if taken at GCSE) or English Language.

Future opportunities

Almost any combination of A level subjects is possible. The most popular combinations are with English Literature, Politics, Maths and Psychology but there have also been many successful scientists taking the course in recent years- including three who are now doctors – history is about people and being able to listen, challenge ideas and communicate effectively.

History is a highly respected academic subject. It is one of the Russell group‘s preferred choices. It is accepted by all Higher Education establishments as a suitable qualification for a wide variety of degree courses. It is also useful for those considering a range of careers such as law,

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 April 2015

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