History is not a subject that is stuck in the past. Far from it. Historical events are what have shaped society worldwide into what it is today.
In the first year (AS) there are two themes which are fundamental to the whole subject of history. Firstly �Change and consolidation�, which includes how societies change over time and how governments respond. Secondly �Periods of change�, which studies significant periods of history, how wars, catastrophes, laws, policies, actions or inventions changed the way people lived.
In year two there are again two major learning themes. The first being �The state and the people� which covers the dynamic relationship between the state and citizens over a fifty year period. The second being �Historical enquiry�, which explores changing events over a hundred year period, this includes a coursework essay.
The course comprises three separate elements, chosen to give variety both geographically and across time periods. The breath study focuses on the birth of the American nation, from the Civil War to its development into a Superpower. The depth study examines Britain between 1951 and 2007, looking at the extent of political, economic and social change. The final part of the course will ask students to consider the complexity of causation and ultimately ask them to reach a decision as to why the French executed their King in 1792.
A-level History is examined through 2 examination papers of 2 hour and 30 minutes containing either source or interpretation style questions, as well as traditional essays. In addition, students will complete a personal study of approximately 3500 words.
5 GCSES at grade 5 or above.Must have a grade 6 or above on English and History.