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Awarding Body: EDEXCEL
AS (8H101) A2 (9H101)
The course has
been designed to examine the developments that have shaped British
politics and society, and to examine the influences that shaped other
societies in the 20th Century.
The theme of nationalism in other
countries is examined through the history of Spain and the Middle East in
the 20th Century. In British history political change and conflict in the
20th century is studied, and the origins of Britain's democracy - the
change from a state controlled by the aristocracy in 1815 to a democratic
state in 1948 - will be investigated as the coursework element. Different
political systems - imperial, democratic and authoritarian, and their
effect on society - are examined in the context of Germany in the 20th
Unit 1: Historical Themes in Breadth. Students
study two topics:
F4 Republicanism, Civil War and Francoism in
F6 The Middle East, 1945-2001: The State of Israel
and Arab Nationalism.
Unit 2: British History Depth Studies.
British Political History, 1945 - 90; Consensus and Conflict. This Unit
gives students the opportunity to work with historical sources.
3: Depth Studies and Associated Historical Controversies
Kaiser to Fuhrer: Germany 1900-45.
Unit 5: Coursework.
Rise of the Democratic state 1833 - 1948.
Other Interests in History
you are interested in an area of history that is not taught on the course
such as Black, Irish, or medieval history, the department will support
your research through workshops. Each year AS students also take part in a
local history project in which they use archives and a variety of evidence
to investigate the past of the area around the college.
Induction material helps the student understand
the skills demanded of AS and A2 and allows transition to be made from
GCSE to a higher level of study. There is an emphasis on skills
acquisition to enable students to research, write notes and essays,
understand and use primary sources and develop good revision and
Whole class teaching, individual and group
work takes place. Discussion plays an important part in developing
critical faculties and there is an opportunity for students to present
their ideas in formal presentations to colleagues. Use of IT is
encouraged, particularly for the presentation of coursework and using the
internet for research.
Workshops in the history rooms provide the
opportunity for individual study and consultation with staff to improve
Three teachers are involved in delivering the subject,
thereby providing a variety of approach.
(CODE) METHOD LENGTH AL
1 (6H101) Written Exam 1hr 20m 25%
Written Exam 1hr 20m 25%
4 (6H103) Written Exam 2 hours
5 (6H104) Coursework 4000 words max 20%
Students must be prepared to engage in individual
research, using the Internet, periodicals and the library. This will
enable a student to complete assignments and play a full part in class
discussion and group work. Students who enjoy posing and answering
questions and analysing problems of the past will benefit from the course.
All skills necessary to pass the exam will be taught. However, the ability
to write well is a distinct advantage.
materials are supplied and the library is an excellent resource, which is
supplemented by additional sources in the history rooms.
Contrary to popular belief, studying history does not just prepare
you for teaching and lecturing! Universities believe it to be an excellent
foundation for a law degree and many history graduates enter accountancy,
banking, insurance and business related occupations. It is a popular
subject for journalists and history degrees are regarded highly by the
media, particularly the BBC. Administration, notably local government and
the civil service, is also a recognised progression route. History AS/A2
informs universities and employers that you possess high level skills
which make you flexible and intellectually capable of being trained in a
multitude of disciplines. If you do not know what you wish to do in the
future, then history will keep your options open.