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Humanities - History

DEPARTMENT

COURSE NAME

COURSE LEADER

EXAM BOARD

QUALIFICATION

Humanities History Mrs Boddington Edexcel A level

Course Requirements

We require students to have attained a grade 6 or above at GCSE History and a grade 5 (C+) in English for entry onto the course.  However, we would also consider students with a 5 (C+) grade in History who demonstrated a positive attitude during their GCSE course, subject to a discussion with the Head of Department.  Students who have not studied History at GCSE, but have a grade 6 (B) or above in English, are also welcome to apply, following a discussion with the Head of Department.

Hard work, good organisation and good written self-expression are important skills in the study of History.  Students who like to argue, to debate and to challenge ideas, while justifying their own, will also do well.

Course Aims

A level History requires students to recall, select and deploy knowledge, communicating it accurately and clearly in writing.  They will also be taught to understand, interpret, analyse and evaluate source material and provide historical explanation and substantiated judgements.

Learning is mainly accomplished through a pattern of reading, note taking, discussion and then essay writing.  Debate and discussion form an important part of the course and allow students to develop their own opinions on a given topic, based upon the evidence they have encountered.

Course Content: Examination and Assessment

Year 12 and Year 13 will be studying Nationalisem, dictatorship and democracy in twentieth-century Europe.  Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485–1603 and the coursework option (Civil Rights in the USA) across the two years.

Unit/Paper

% Weighting

1: Germany and West Germany, 1918–89

30%

2: The rise and fall of fascism in Italy, c1911–46

20%

3: Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485–1603

30%

4: Coursework

20%

Progression and Careers

History is a highly respected, intellectually rigorous qualification.  It provides a pathway for a variety of arts degrees and the foundation for success in managerial and professional roles.  The Historical Association suggests these are careers that follow naturally from the study of history:

Accountancy

Administration

Archaeology

Architecture

Archives

The armed forces

Business management

The Civil Service

Conservation

The heritage industry

Human resources

Information technology

Journalism

Law

Libraries

Local government

Media

Museums and galleries

The Police

Politics

Teaching and university research

Tourism

Examination Board:

Edexcel

Contact

For further information, please see Mrs Boddington - Head of History.