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Course Summary:

Discover the past. Gain a deep knowledge of society, culture, economics and politics. Master the valuable skill of persuasive, evidence based arguments in both class debate and written work. Become a creative, independent thinker and learn how and why to question the world around you. Appreciate that people in the past were not simply ‘good’ or ‘bad’, but motivated in complex and inconsistent ways; just like people today, just like you. Experienced tutors will guide you through four fascinating, thematically connected topics. In ‘Revolutionary Russia’, learn how a three hundred year old dynasty was toppled and the world’s first totalitarian state rose from the rubble. In ‘Stuart Britain’, find out about pirates, witches and why parliament cut off the king’s head. ‘Civil Rights in America’ reveals the power of the people in the fight for equality and will give you a real understanding of the roots of the BLM movement. Finally, coursework on ‘Coercion & Consent in Nazi Germany’ lets you explore how Hitler controlled German people with just ten secret police for every million citizens. You’ll also have the opportunity to enhance your learning through trips, including our popular trip to Berlin and Krakow, in addition to guest lectures from experts in their field.

Higher Education Destinations:

  • The University of Cambridge – History
  • The University of Oxford – History
  • The University of Durham – History
  • The University of Manchester – Law
  • The University of Sheffield – History and Politics
  • The University of Leeds – History and Spanish

Career destinations:

  • Law
  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Voluntary Sector
  • Business
  • Civil Service
  • Local Government

Entry Requirements:

GCSE History grade 4 or above is essential if it has been studied. If not, a 4 or above in GCSE English Language is essential.

Career destinations:

History is a highly regarded subject by all employers and universities, though popular careers for those with History A-Level include law, journalism, politics, banking, museums, education, archaeology, the civil service and academia. History helps you develop key skills including critically evaluation, evidence based argument, research, organisation and communication skills.

Assessment Method:

Year 1 100% exam
Yera 2 80% exam 20% coursework

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