History

Jenna Taylor
Jenna Taylor

WHAT IS HISTORY?

A-level History is the study of a range of periods of British and International History.

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?

History is a traditional academic subject that is highly regarded by universities. The Russell Group of universities classify it as a ‘facilitating subject’ –which means that top universities recommend it at A-level as a means to access a wide variety of more specialist courses as well as valuing it as a subject in its own right.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM HISTORY?

Debating and discussing historical issues is central to the study of this course. You should expect to be able to use the knowledge that you study to make arguments as to the causes, consequences and significance of the key events studied. The periods of history studied embrace a range of religious, cultural and political perspectives so an open-minded ability to listen to alternative viewpoints and a respect for them is essential. Some of the cultural norms studied differ from modern societies so there is a need for an appreciation of how people in the past saw the world around them.

HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?

Assessment is through examinations and coursework with 20% of your total marks from coursework.

WHO IS THE COURSE SUITABLE FOR?

If you are interested in studying past events and analysing the causes and impact of Historical events then A-level History may be the course for you!

WHAT CAN I DO WITH AN A-LEVEL IN HISTORY?

History is a subject that provides suitable preparation for Higher Education. As a traditional academic subject, History is well regarded by universities and supports an application for many subjects, notably English, History, Law, Modern Languages and Politics.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

THE AGE OF THE CRUSADES, 1071-1204
What motivated both Christians and Muslims to wage ‘holy war’? Investigate the four crusades and participants including the zealous Christian Templars, the mysterious Muslim Assassins, as well as the Byzantine remnants of the Roman Empire. The age of the crusades witnessed a staggering
clash of cultures and societies where greed and the pursuit of power clashed with sincere religious beliefs on an international stage.

THE WARS OF THE ROSES, 1450-1499
Fifteenth-century England witnessed the destruction of the dynasty that had ruled for over three hundred years. The Plantagenets were a family divided between the house of Lancaster and the house of York. From the ‘madness’ of Henry VI, through to the glamour of Edward IV’s court, and the controversial rule of Richard III, one of the most vilified kings in English history, the houses fought for control of England and the support of ‘over mighty’ nobles. Study the real-life game of thrones and the ascent of the Tudors to power.

AMERICAN MILITARY INTERVENTION IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY – COURSEWORK
The Twentieth Century saw the rise of the United States to the ranks of global superpower. Investigate the reasons for American intervention in the affairs of others through conflicts such as the world wars, Korea and Vietnam as well as more recent conflicts such as Kossovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES WITHIN THIS SUBJECT

Previously students have taken part in a trip to Berlin which included a visit to the Brandenburg Gate, and The Berlin Cathedral ‘The Story of Berlin’ museum. Other trips involve medieval battlefield sites and the historic city of York. There are also a range of opportunities for up and coming events and some history students, for example, attended a conference with the Dalai Lama and Russell Brand on issues surrounding peace at the MEN.

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSE grades at A* - C, or 4 – 9, across four separate subjects, to include GCSE Mathematics and/or English/English Language.