A2 History

A Level

In Eastleigh

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Description

  • Typology

    A Level

  • Location

    Eastleigh

  • Duration

    2 Years

Description

History AS and A2 builds on many of the skills which students have developed at GCSE level. Students will deal with reading, research, source analysis and essay writing, as well as having the chance to visit historical sites both in Britain and abroad. In recent years there have been trips to Rome, Berlin and Venice alongside the National Portrait Gallery, Imperial War Museum and lectures in.

Important information

Government funding available

Facilities

Location

Starts

Eastleigh (Hampshire)
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Chestnut Avenue, SO50 5ZA

Starts

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To take into account

It is not necessary to have studied History at GCSE level. Five GCSEs of grades A* - C including English are required.

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Course programme


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History AS and A2 builds on many of the skills which students have developed at GCSE level. Students will deal with reading, research, source analysis and essay writing, as well as having the chance to visit historical sites both in Britain and abroad. In recent years there have been trips to Rome, Berlin and Venice alongside the National Portrait Gallery, Imperial War Museum and lectures in central London.

The department has a strong reputation for offering enjoyable lessons that also stretch each student, aiming to ensure that everyone achieves their full exam potential. Last year the A2 pass rates averaged 99.4%, with 49% achieved A-B grades. In AS the pass rate was 93%, with 33% A-B grades.

There are 350 students studying History, and the department has a well-resourced and heavily used website. We also incorporate new technology in a wide range of lessons.

What Will I Learn on this Course?

The courses on offer aim to offer the chance to study periods of History that are both interesting and challenging. By the end of the course you will have acquired an understanding of the events, individuals and issues of your chosen topics, and be able to write in detail about them.
History lessons will encourage you to think for yourself so that you can offer explanations of past events, as well as understand the way in which the past has been interpreted and represented.

In order to complete the full A level, you will have to complete at least one unit of British History.

Course Content and Method of Assessment

Route 1: Medieval and Early Modern History


AS

1) From Anglo-Saxon England to Norman England, 1035-1087: England before the Norman Conquest, the events of 1066 and then the way in which the Normans changed England, including the Domesday Book.

2) The Crusades: Why the Crusades occurred, the 1st,, 2nd and 3rd Crusades and the founding of the Crusader kingdom.

A2

1) Coursework on Cromwell (2000 word source analysis and 2000 word essay) Cromwell 1599-1658: the reasons for Cromwell's rise to power and an assessment of his motivation and achievements, including the English Civil War and decision to kill the King.

2) Rebellion and Disorder under the Tudors, 1485-1603: Examining why there were so many revolts against the monarchy, and how serious a threat they posed in the 16th century..

Route 2: Modern History

AS

1) Italy 1896-1943: This looks at the problems of democratic government before World War I and the reasons why Mussolini was able to take power. It also looks at his control of Italy, World War II and his downfall.

2) Churchill 1920-45: The role of Churchill as an important member of the government in the 1920s, then as the voice in the wilderness in the 1930s. It then looks at Churchill's role in leading Britain in WW2.

A2

3) Coursework on the Nazi State (2000 word source analysis and 2000 word essay) Nazis 1933-45: the Nazi impact on Germany; its racial aims and policies; the nature and extent of opposition to the regime.

4) Russia and its rulers 1855 - 1964: The way Russia was ruled under the Tsars, and the Russian Revolution. Also looking at the 2 World Wars and Communist government.

After the Course?

History is regarded favourably by both universities and employers. It is a national curriculum subject, making it a good choice for those hoping to teach, and it is also a solid foundation for careers in the law, business, public service and journalism. The skills acquired through writing essays, studying documents and investigating versions of the past are recognised by employers as an ideal preparation for much future work.

Subject Combinations

History combines well with many other AS and A level subjects. Many students study History alongside English, Modern Languages, Sociology, Classical Civilisation and RE. Others pursue it as an interest subject alongside Science, Maths or Art. Whatever your chosen subjects, having History with them will add 'weight' to your overall programme.

Entry Requirements

It is not necessary to have studied History at GCSE level. Five GCSEs of grades A* - C including English are required.

A2 History

Price on request