Our history is what makes us who we are. As human beings, we form an unbroken genetic chain that stretches back to our very earliest ancestors, linking legacies of the past with the present. Understanding, investigating and interpreting the links in this chain, our historic record, is essential – after all, how can we understand the present without first understanding the past?
As well as enabling you to widen your knowledge and understanding of the past, A level History develops the ability to ask significant questions, to research topics, and to find out why historians are always rewriting the past and why they interpret past events in different ways. You will also be encouraged to make thematic links and to consider social, ethnic, religious and cultural differences between historical periods.
A level History will follow Route B of the wide-ranging and exciting new Edexcel specification, which emphasises both breadth and depth of historical knowledge and the skills required for historical research (particularly useful if you go on to study History, or a related subject, at university). It will also enable you to build on your understanding of the past through a wide range of historical topics, from which you must study a mix of British and non-British elements.
At AS level, you will study England 1509-1603: Authority, Nation and Religion and Luther and the German Reformation c.1515-55. At A2, you will study Industrialisation and Social Change in Britain 1759-1928: Forging a New Society. The fourth element is a personal study, which will enable you to research a chosen historical topic, including the work of at least three historians, more thoroughly.
Year One comprises two Units:
At AS level, you will study England 1509-1603: Authority, Nation and Religion and Luther and the German Reformation c.1515-55.
Year Two also comprises two Units.
At A2, you will study Industrialisation and Social Change in Britain 1759-1928: Forging a New Society. The fourth element is a personal study, which will enable you to research a chosen historical topic, including the work of at least three historians, more thoroughly.
Five GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C/4 including English and mathematics and preferably History.
How Will I Learn?
History A level comprises a wide range of teaching and learning methods and resources.
- Group, pair and individual work
- Interpretation and use of primary and secondary sources
- A wide range of assignments and essay questions
- Individual work through Moodle
- Study of historiography – how historians ‘do’ history and the different conclusions they come to
- Extended individual research into a historical topic of your choosing.
Skills You Will Develop
- Historiographical interpretation (how different historians have interpreted events)
- Analysis of primary and secondary sources
- Skills required to undertake historical research
- The ability to make thematic links between different historical periods
- Extended essay-writing and research skills via Unit 4
- Broader research, analytical and analysis abilities, which would stand you in good stead at university.
- Field and research trips
- University taster and study days.
How You Will Be Assessed
There are two external exams at the end of the first year of this course, and an external exam and extended personal study comprise assessment for the second year.
During your lessons you will also be assessed in various ways, including set essays and source analysis questions, group presentations, research tasks and mock exams.
Things You May Need
You may need a copy of a course textbook (although most printed resources will be available in the college library, online or from the teacher), and stationery.
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