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History A Level at The Sandon School

Course description

History is an engaging, rewarding and exciting journey into the past. Allows students to develop a wide range of skills from independent research, source analysis, constructing an argument and analysing historians controversial view points. A highly respected qualification that any university or work place will appreciate. Students will enjoy the ability to delve deeper into the past, gaining a deeper understanding of how we have evolved into the modern society in which we live today. If a student enjoys history at GCSE then this is an obvious path to pursue.

Course content

Breadth study with interpretations
- Route F: In search of the American Dream, the USA 1917-96.
- Topics: America entering WW1; the Roaring Twenties; Wall Street Crash; the quest for Civil Rights (Martin Luther King); the Cold War; WW2; role of the Presidents (FDR, JFK, Nixon and Reagan); changes in society (role of sportsmen, movie stars, music, celebrity)

Depth Study
- Route F: South Africa; 1948-94. From Apartheid State to Rainbow Nation.
- A study in depth of South Africa during its transition from white minority rule to the free elections of 1994, a long, and at times, dramatic process in which South Africa changed from an apartheid state into a multi-racial democracy. The role of Nelson Mandela and the ANC is explored as well as life under an apartheid regime.

The choice of topics will include:
- 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 coursework is a question fully devised by the student, with consultation with their teacher. Most students will chose a topic studied within the specification; they can select any topic they have an interest in.

Entry requirements

If you have studied History at GCSE, a grade B or higher is expected although this subject can be studied without having taken History at GCSE if you are particularly motivated. Grade B or higher in English GCSE.

Future opportunities

History opens doors to teaching, civil service, law, research careers, journalism, Heritage management and librarian careers. History is considered an important and well respected A Level and is regarded highly amongst all universities, including Russell group universities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 June 2015

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