History A Level

About the Course

If you enjoy the study of the past both for its own sake and also for the light it throws on the present, then History A level is for you. It trains you to select relevant information, assess the validity of an argument, think and write logically, make informed judgements about controversial issues and present a well-ordered case backed by supporting evidence thereby equipping you for a wide variety of careers. If you like stimulating discussions, independent and group study and wish to really find out about the world in which we live, then please read on.

Exam Board

We study AQA 7042 - This is a linear course and is examined at the end of the second year. The A2 module will be examined through 2 written exams and one piece of coursework. Both exams have equal weighting, lasting 2 hours and 30 minutes and are worth 40% of the overall grade. The coursework component is internally marked and externally moderated and will be worth 20% of the overall grade.

Requirements

Whilst we do not require students to have studied history at GCSE level we would prefer it. A level 5 in English language or literature plus a B in History if studied.

Course Content

You will study 2 modules in Year 12. Module 1 is the Breadth study and will be Unit 1L the Quest for Political Stability: Germany, 1871 - 1929. This option will allow you to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period. Key people you will look at are Kaiser Wilhelm l and Wilhelm ll and the rule of Bismarck. Module 2 is the Depth study and will be unit 2S which is The Making of Modern Britain 1951 - 1979. This option provides for the study in depth of the key political, economic, social and international changes which helped to mould Britain in the second half of the 20th century. It explores concepts such as: government and opposition, class, social division and cultural change. It encourages you to reflect on Britain's changing place in the world as well as the interrelationship between political policies, economic developments and political survival. Key people and topics you will look at include Macmillans affluent society, the swinging sixties of Wilson's era. You will consider controversial issues like the impact of abortion laws and immigration on society. The two modules you will study in Year 13 are a continuation of those studied in Year 12 with the addition of the coursework module. Module 1 the Breadth study looks at Unit 1L The Quest for Political Stability: Germany Part Two: The Impact of Nazism, War and Division 1929 - 1991. Module 2 the Depth study looks at Unit 2S Modern Britain 1979 - 2007 and includes looking at the legacy of Thatcher's Britain and the origins of new Labour under Blair. This is a highly political course and those students who are also studying A level politics will benefit from this. Module 3 This is the non- examined assessment. It covers the collapse of Tsarist Russia from 1801 - 1914. You will be expected to produce an extended written piece of 3500 words, based upon interpretation, primary evidence and historical investigation.

Beyond the Classroom

There will be an opportunity for 2 students to participate in the Lessons from the Auschwitz programme which involves a trip to Poland and the department runs relevant revision conference trips throughout the year. We work regularly with Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery on collaborative projects including Holocaust Memorial Day, Doncaster 14 - 18 Project and some celebrations and have workshops from a visiting lecturer from Teeside University.

Your Future

What can you be with a history degree - a teacher? A museum curator? In fact a history degree is a very versatile degree to have and can open up many opportunities in a breadth of different disciplines. The skill most developed by History is that of critical analysis and the ability to express ideas, knowledge and interpretations clearly and coherently. In the fields of management, law, administration, accountancy, journalism and marketing, this is a highly valued asset. Many employers regard A level History as an excellent training in the marshalling of arguments and in decision-making. As a well-respected academic discipline, History is considered a worthwhile A level subject for entry to almost all degree courses. The History course will furthermore provide those applying for predominantly scientific courses with academic breadth.  

Contact Department

Staff Contact: Mrs M Wilkinson
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