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History AS and A Level at Park House School

Course description

History is a popular subject post-16 and opens a door to various career opportunities such as accountancy, marketing, education, law and the civil service. The subject provides you with an opportunity to further enhance your analytical and communication skills. The department is well resourced and you will have access to a variety of texts, DVDs and up-to-date magazine articles. You will also get the chance to attend seminars given by specialist historians throughout the year on many of the topics studied. History combines well with many other subjects whether art or science based. It is not unusual for students to take mathematics, physics and history. The course involves elements of British and European history. Political, economic and social issues are covered in depth. History provides you with the opportunity to compare and evaluate different interpretations offered by historians, e.g. was life for the German people better under the Weimar government or Hitler and the Nazis? There is much room for debate and discussion in lessons on material that has already been prepared. There is also a significant element of source analysis enabling you to use those skills developed at GCSE.

Course content

AS CourseSummary
Unit 1 Britain, 1483–1529
50% AS / 25% A Level
Unit 2 Life in Nazi Germany 1933-45
50% AS / 25% A Level 
A2 Course Summary
Unit 3 The triumph of Elizabeth
Britain 1547-1603
30% of A Level
Unit 4 Historical enquiry coursework
Russia 1855–1955
20% A Level

Entry requirements

Grade B at GCSE History. It is possible to take A Level history without GCSE history. You will, however, need a B grade in English language and English literature and an interview with the Head of History.

Financial information

Optional lectures available in Years 12/13 approx. £75 (inc. travel).
Suggested purchases:
Letts Revision guide
AS/A2 History approx. £10.
Subscription to
‘Modern History Review’ £10.95.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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