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History (all periods) A Level at Aquinas College

Course description

A level History is about analysis, not just describing what happened. What factors caused a particular event, and what evidence is there to support a particular historical interpretation? Over the two years, stu-dents gain a good understanding of the historical process.

A level students will be required to study topics from a chronological range of at least 200 years and a strong focus on British history.

The A-level also contains a historical enquiry that is independently researched and that investigates specific historical questions, problems or issues.

Course content

Students must study the history of more than one country

One of the examined components must be British History

Students study topics from a chronological range of at least 200 years

Students take one of two routes, each of which involves three components.

Students choose either Option A or Option B at the beginning of the two-year A level.

Option A The Age of the Crusades, c1071–1204

Religious Conflict and the Church in England, c1529–c1570

The Witch-hunts of Early Modern Europe, c1450-1650

Option B Tsarist and Communist Russia, c1855–1964

The Making of Modern Britain, c1951 – 2007

The Causes of the French Revolution c1685-1789

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in both GCSE English Language and Maths + 4 grade Cs in other subjects (which could include English Literature grade 4) 

Future opportunities

History is a widely valued A-level, and the skills of analytical and critical thinking and writing which it develops provide a fantastic grounding for all sorts of university courses in the humanities and social sciences.

Many Aquinas students go on to read History at prestigious ‘Russell Group’ universities or opt for studies in related subjects such as Politics, Archaeology, Economics or Philosophy. History is also a very good grounding for Law, and many students convert to a legal career through postgraduate study.

Apart from obviously historical careers in the heritage sector, museums and academia, history leads in other directions: many of the country’s top journalists, business leaders and politicians are historians. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, did A-level History and Tristram Hunt, Labour’s Education spokesperson, is a distinguished historian.

Further information

Aquinas historians pay annual visits to Pendle in Lancashire, the site of England’s most notorious witch-craze, and the most important Tudor sites in London, the Tower and Hampton Court.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Aquinas College directly.

Last updated date: 22 September 2017
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