Why Should I Study This Subject?
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. The study of History trains you to select relevant information, assess the validity of an argument, think and write logically, make informed judgments about controversial issues and present a well-ordered case backed by supporting evidence; thereby equipping you for a wide variety of careers.
It is certainly an ideal grounding for law, involving, as both do, the deployment of argument based on evidence. The skill most developed by History is that of critical analysis and the ability to express ideas, knowledge and interpretations clearly and coherently.
What Will I Study?
During this course you will investigate historical events and their impact on the world today. You will be immersed in the events of Germany post World War One, until the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989, including life in Nazi Germany. This will be in contrast to a British module, looking at the Experience of Warfare in Britain: Crimea, Boer and the First World War or how religion and authority was altered during the Reign of Henry VIII.
The course will help you develop strong analytical, research and communication skills. At A2 we study the Cold War and superpower relations for examination and as a contrast we complete course work on Civil Rights in America or Great Britain and the Irish Question 1822 - 1921.
What Can I do Next?
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 marshaling 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.
What Grades Will I Need?
8 GCSE grades A*- C. Students are required to have at least a B grade at either English or History GCSE to take the course.