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A Level History - Twentieth Century at Watford Grammar School for Boys

Course description

The aim of the Twentieth Century Lower Sixth course is to study the recent histories of Britain and Germany in much more depth, by looking at their relative positions before, during and after the major wars and events of the early twentieth century.

At A2 students compare geo-political and economic arguments that fuelled the Cold War from WWII up to the 1990s. This course follows synoptic themes, historical interpretations and judgements and is examined at the end of the year. Alongside your study of International Relations you will learn about one of Britain’s lasting problems - the struggle to keep control of her empire, especially in India, from the first Great Rebellion in India in 1857 to independence for India and its partition into India and Pakistan in 1947.

The course at AS builds on achievements at GCSE yet provides accessibility for those who have not studied History previously. The course offers the opportunity to develop a range of skills including analysis, interpretation and the coherent presentation of findings.

These will be tested in short examinations for AS and examination and coursework at A2. Areas of study have been chosen to provide interest and breadth to students in the Sixth Form. Teaching uses a range of sources to encourage discussion and the development of examination technique. History is a very popular option at this level and offers students a wide range of university and career options.
All students will have the opportunity to participate in the department’s visit to Berlin in October 2014.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to enter the Sixth Form must achieve a minimum of six GCSEs at grade B. At least a grade B in GCSE History (or English Language for those who have not takenthe subject at GCSE).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Watford Grammar School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 11 August 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years