COURSE DETAILS - The course builds upon some of the work started at GCSE. There is no coursework at in Year 12; coursework is however a key component at Year 13 encompassing 20% of the award.
Component 1: Britain 1930-1997 – Period & Enquiry Study
This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and
Consequence. Students will consider the roles of key individuals in shaping Britain’s domestic and international past in the twentieth century.
Component 2: Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919–1963 – Depth Study
This option provides for the study in depth of a period of German history in which democracy gave way to dictatorial rule and consequently returned to a divided yet democratic state.
Component 3: Britain and Ireland 1791-1921 – Thematic Study with Historical Interpretations
This option allows students to explore the relationship that existed between Britain and Ireland in one of the most turbulent periods of its history; students will be able to study different interpretations of the period and how the relationship evolved.
Component 3: Historical Investigation
The topic based essay is an independently researched essay of 3000–4000 words in length. This unit is a non-exam assessment
ADMISSIONS - It is advantageous to have studied GCSE History but not a pre-requisite. It is more important that you have a genuine interest in History and a willingness to read a range of material critically. Independent learning and an appreciation for the value of learning are also a requirement. Students who wish to question, analyse and learn about the past and how it has affected our future should also take this course.
CAREERS – History is an excellent academic qualification to possess. By its very nature, the subject is about enquiry and analysis of information. Any career which requires the analysis of information will be open to someone with these critical skills; examples are careers in law, business, marketing, and management. Even if you are aiming to be a scientist, all scientists have to communicate effectively. Their projects are not isolated but carried out in a context that relates to the whole of society. History as a qualification is highly thought of by universities because at the heart of it is the ability to communicate fluently and with clarity, using knowledge and understanding.