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History A2 at University Academy Keighley

Course description

The aims of the History A Level are to encourage students to acquire an understanding of different identities within society and an appreciation of social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity through the study of aspects of British and non-British history.

Course content

Pupils will experience a broad and balanced course of study which will help them to improve as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds. Pupils will develop the ability to ask relevant and significant questions about the past and acquire an understanding of the nature of historical study.Pupils will also develop their use and understanding of historical terms, concepts and skills and learn to make links and draw comparisons within and/or across different periods and aspects of the past. Finally, pupils will be encouraged to organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways, arguing a case and reaching substantiated judgements.

Entry requirements

Pupils who wish to study AS History will be required to have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s A*-C including English; a B or above in GCSE History is desirable but not essential.  Students who have not studied GCSE History may still be accepted but only through discussion with the Subject Co-ordinator


Year Two – A2Unit 3Germany, 1900-45: From Kaiser to Fuhrer: This unit concentrates on the nature of, and policies associated with, imperial, democratic and authoritarian regimes in Germany in the first half of the 20th century and how these regimes influenced social change. Topics included: The Second Reich, The Weimar Republic, The Rise of the Nazis, Life in Wartime Germany.60% of the A2 mark 30% of the A2 Unit 4Historical Enquiry (coursework): In this unit students will carry out a historical enquiry into key aspects of Representation and Democracy in Britain, c.1830-1931. They will investigate issues relating to the long- and short- term causes and consequences of change and will demonstrate an understanding of the factors that may accelerate, consolidate or delay the process of change.  While the teacher will teach a broad overview of this period, the pupil will be able to choose an aspect within this period which particularly interests them, upon which to base their enquiry.40% of the A2 mark20% of the A 2

Future opportunities

On completion of the course, pupils can progress to higher education courses such as honours degrees in History, or to degrees in related subjects such as Politics, Law, English Literature, Economics or Geography; or to vocational qualifications such as Teaching, Journalism or Travel and Tourism.  Pupils will obtain skills which will be useful in a number of careers, either directly related to history (eg working in museums, galleries, heritage sites, record offices and archives or teaching) or in areas such as journalism, libraries, national/local government and the civil service.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact University Academy Keighley directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year