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HISTORY

REQUIREMENTS -

GCSE LEVEL

Grade 6 in History

& Grade 6 in English Literature or Language

Students without History at GCSE Level

please consult with Subject Leader

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is essentially a two year modern history course which

explores aspects of British, South African and American history.

The course is designed to develop:

• the use and evaluation of historical evidence

• analysis and interpretation of past events

• independent research

• evaluation of controversial issues

• essay writing and formulating clear arguments

UNIT ONE - The USA, 1917–96

In search of the American Dream

UNIT TWO - South Africa, 1948–94

From Apartheid State to ‘rainbow nation’

UNIT THREE - Britain, 1763–1914

Losing & Gaining an Empire

UNIT FOUR - The Russian Revolution

Coursework

PROGRESSION

Higher education institutions and employers have consistently

flagged the need for students to develop a range of transferable

skills to enable them to confidently respond to the demands of

undergraduate study and the world of work.

You will also develop research and investigative techniques

to support you in becoming a more independent learner. The

study of History will develop your confidence and by engaging

in class debates, discussions and presentations you can expect

to see a development in your communication skills.

The study of History opens the door to a number of careers

which include: Journalism, Marketing & Advertising, Teaching,

Social Work, Civil Service and Law.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

- Approx

Conferences

£30

Textbooks

£30/35

Optional Trip to NYC £1300

and Washington

Students are expected to purchase key textbooks that

accompany the course. Optional visit to New York and

Washington

Examining Body -

EDEXCEL

LINEAR

ASSESSMENT

A LEVEL

- comprised of three exams and one essay

COMPONENT 1

Written Paper

2.25hrs

30%

of A Level mark

Breadth Study with Interpretations

Students answer three essay questions from three separate sections

COMPONENT 2

Written Paper

1.5hrs

20%

of A Level mark

Depth Study

Students answer two questions from two separate sections. One

section will ask students to evaluate and analyse source material, the

second section will be an essay question covering the period in depth.

COMPONENT 3

Written Paper

2.25hrs

30%

of A Level mark

Themes in Breadth with Aspects in Depth

Students answer three questions from three separate questions.

COMPONENT 4

Coursework (3,000-4,000 words)

20%

of A Level mark

Students carry out an independently-researched enquiry to analyse

and evaluate interpretations. The assignment is set by the Department

on a question, problem or issue relating to Russian history that has

generated disagreement among historians. The response will be

moderated in May/June 2020.

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