History

How long does it last? Two years
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Students who take this course:
Will gain insight into a fascinating subject that allows you to learn about some of the greatest personalities and most significant events of the past. Learning about history and the past is important in helping you to understand why things happened and what significance they had.

It is preferable that students should have a Grade 6 or higher in History at GCSE and/or Grade 6 in English at GCSE. In exceptional circumstances other candidates may be considered. Students should have an interest in people, their actions and responses to events. Students will need to analyse problems, debate issues, construct arguments and read widely around the subject.

Course Description:
The course looks at a broad spectrum of historical topics. This includes investigating regime change in 15th Century England and the successful consolidation of Tudor power; assessing the extraordinary reign of Elizabeth I in England and her triumph against all odds; and exploring the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War, and their consequences for America. In addition, students will complete an independent enquiry.

Component 1: Breadth Study. The Tudors: England, 1485-1603
The breadth study enables students to study an extended period of time, and consider issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence during the Tudor era.
Assessment: 40% of A Level
Written Examination: 2 hours 30 minutes

Component 2: Depth Study. The American Dream: Reality and Illusion, 1945-1980
The depth study provides the opportunity for students to look at a period of major change in depth, focusing on key ideas, events and developments. It looks at the challenges faced by the USA at home and abroad as it emerged from the Second World War as a Superpower.
Assessment: 40% of A Level
Written Examination: 2 hours 30 minutes

Component 3: Historical Investigation. An individual study of approximately 3500 words
The Historical Investigation will enable students to develop the skills, knowledge and historical understanding acquired through independent study and research. This will be excellent preparation for the next level of studies at university.
Assessment: 20% of A Level
Non-exam assessment