Students should have at least a grade 6 in GCSE History if taken, otherwise grade 6 in English Language.
The History course is a fascinating, balanced mix of early modern and modern history. The course components allow students to consider and compare themes such as the role of ideas and individuals causing change in the structures of power and the suppression of opposition. We challenge and encourage students to develop a passion and enthusiasm for the topics studied. History is taught in an active and inspiring way making wide use of documentary evidence including books, film, propaganda posters, speeches and visual sources. We encourage a high level of student participation, and we value the importance of class discussion and debate. To support Component 3, the department plans to run a trip to Berlin, in conjunction with the German department where we will visit the Sachenhausen Concentration Camp, Checkpoint Charlie and other historical sites. We also hope to run a visit to London to support all units. We will visit the Imperial War Museum, Churchill’s war bunker and tour the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Hall.
|A Level Units in Year 13||% of A Level|
|Breadth Study: Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy 1603-1702||40%|
|Depth Study: Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia and the Soviet Union 1917-1953||40%|
|Component 3 NEA (Non Examined Assessment): Students study key aspects and themes of German history in the 19th and 20th century, including World War Two and the Holocaust to produce a 4000 word essay of their choosing||20%|
History is a highly revered and academic A Level. It is a versatile subject that opens doors to a variety of careers and higher education courses, including Law and Journalism. It also complements a wide range of A-level subjects, including Politics and English.
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