Rickmansworth School Sixth Form Prospectus

Examining Body - EDEXCEL LINEAR



& Grade 6 in English Literature or Language Students without History at GCSE Level please consult with Subject Leader

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


ASSESSMENT A LEVEL - comprised of three exams and one essay COMPONENT 1 Written Paper 2.25hrs 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. 30% of A Level mark

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.


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