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History A-Level at The Chalfonts Community College

Course description

What is this course about?

To study the GCE in History you need an interest in the world around you, an enquiring mind and the ability to weigh up different evidence or arguments. The GCE builds upon the skills developed during your GCSE such as the communication of historical knowledge and the ability to analyse historical sources.

You will have 5 lessons of History per week, throughout your two year course but you will also be expected to put a considerable amount of work in each week in your own and private study time (six hours approximately) and to keep work to strict deadlines. The need to read widely outside the classroom is the key to success at GCE Level.

Course content

What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed?

This is a Linear course. The course is made up of 3 units. All units will be examined in Year 13. You will sit 2 final exams and complete an Historical Investigation. Please note that this is subject to change as we await final say from Ofqual.

Component 1

Breadth Study: The British Empire 1857-1914

Key questions: Why did the British Empire grow and contract? How did the Empire influence British attitudes and culture? How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?

Component 2

Depth Study: The Transformation of China 1936-1997

Key areas include: The Emergence of the People’s Republic of China 1936-1962; Economic growth and The Transformation of the State 1962-1997.

Historical Investigation

A personal study from a range of topics such as: How important were the Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry II; Rebellion under the Tudors; Stuart Britain and the Crisis of the Monarchy; Tsarist Russia or the Birth of the USA.

Entry requirements

What do I need to get on to this course?

The best foundation for your success at GCE Level is a good grade at GCSE (B or above) and the desire to become a good historian who is able to analyse and communicate well. Think carefully about the effort you are prepared to make, make sure that you are realistic in terms of the commitment you are prepared to make to the course. AS/A2 History involves a lot of work and commitment on your part and you must be aware of this before you embark on the course.

Future opportunities

What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead?

You can progress to other higher courses such as honours degrees in History or to related degrees such as Politics, English Literature, Economics or Geography or to vocational qualifications such as BTEC Higher National Certificate/Diploma in Media (Journalism).

A GCE in History will give you a number of skills relevant to many different types of employment such as the ability to seek information and to analyse it in order to identify facts and motives and to present this information to others. It gives you access to skills that are used in journalism, national and local government, the civil service as well as those directly related to history such as heritage sites, museums, record offices and the like.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Chalfonts Community College directly.

Last updated date: 22 June 2015

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