This course requires students to study a breadth unit and a
depth unit and complete a coursework assignment. We use a wide variety of methods of study: whole-class
teaching, group and individual research, presentations, essay writing, discussion, document work, the use of video material and e-learning. You will be provided with textbooks and there is a well-stocked History section in the College Library as well as on-line journals. Visiting speakers provide specialist knowledge and students have the opportunity to attend sixth form History conferences. We have regularly organised visits to the Tower of London and to the National Civil War Centre in Newark.
We offer two options: Route CN studies the Tudors (1485-1603) with Russia: Revolution & Dictatorship (1917-1953). Route KE studies America: Making of a Superpower (1865-1975) with the English Revolution (1625-1660). Coursework options include: the Crusading Movement, European Witchcraft, African-American Civil Rights and Germany. You will be given guidance on selecting your area of research and assistance in selecting a question.
The A-level will be assessed by examinations in the
summer of the second year. There is an examination for each unit, each worth 40% of the overall grade. these are assessed through a combination of essay questions and questions analysing historical interpretations and primary sources. You will also complete a coursework assignment which is in the form of an extended essay worth 20% of the overall grade.
In addition to the standard College entry requirements
, this course also requires students to have achieved grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language at Higher level. You do not need to have taken GCSE History, but if you have, you must have achieved at least grade 5.
A-level History trains you to make sound judgements, think
flexibly, express yourself clearly and is highly regarded as a preparation for careers which involve information management and decision making. This could include employment in administration and management as well as careers of a vocational nature such as business, law, accountancy or journalism.
What does the course combine well with?
History combines well with a wide range of Advanced Level
subjects. While traditional subjects such as English and and Politics will certainly complement History, students have equally successfully combined History with social sciences (such as Psychology), Science and Mathematics, enabling them to keep open a wide range of HE options.
The Curriculum Area also offers A-level Ancient History and a range of enrichment courses including debating.