Course Details

A Level History is excellent at embedding skills for a wide variety of careers. You will student The British Empire, c1857-1967 - this unit allows you to study, in breadth, issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence during this period. You will also study The Birth of the USA, 1760-1801 - this unit provides the opportunity for in-depth study of the years in which the 13 American colonies broke away from Great Britain and founded the USA. The third part is a historical investigation - this is a Non-exam assessment component.

Entry Requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs at 9/A* to 4/C including English Language and Maths. It is strongly recommended that you have a 4/C or above in History and an enquiring mind. You will also be required to complete a GCSE to A Level Transition Project prior to enrolment.

Career options

History is a highly regarded subject and is considered to be one of the leading subjects for progression into Higher Education. Careers in Research, Media, Heritage and Leisure sectors, Teaching, Journalism, Archaeologist as a Museum Curator, Historic Buildings Inspector, Archivist and many more.

A Level History

Five highlights

  • 1 A great opportunity to enhance historical knowledge
  • 2 Improve and hone essential study skills
  • 3 Prospect of studying at an outstanding college
  • 4 Being taught by a passionate subject specialist
  • 5 Gain a qualification that is well respected by employers & universities

Key Points

  • Chichester Campus
  • 07.09.2020
  • AQA A Level in History

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LFS003CD1A Chichester Campus 2 Years 07.09.2020

What you need to know

What will I study?

Course units: Unit1J: The British Empire, c1857-1967; Unit2G: The Birth of the USA, 1760-1801; Unit 3: Historical investigation. Unit 1 is the breadth paper and gives you opportunities to learn how the British Empire became so large, how it influenced British attitudes and culture and the impact it had on indigenous peoples. Unit 2 is the depth paper and will allow you to investigate why the American colonies chose to break away from Great Britain and how the Americans managed to found the USA. Unit 3 is the coursework element of the course. Students will have the opportunity to research Witchcraft in 16th Century or select a topic of their choice.

How will I be taught?

Learning will take place with a combination of teacher led discussion, activity based student participation and plenty of discussion and debate. You will be encouraged to ask questions and explore your own interests within the topics. A Level History uses a system of Flipped Learning where you will learn some basic facts before the lesson and then your teacher will develop this knowledge through individual and group activities.

How will I be assessed?

This is a two-year linear A Level where you are examined on the whole syllabus at the end of the second year. Each project is assessed as a portfolio of work. 80% of the course is assessed via 5 hours of examinations at the end of the 2 years. There is also a personal study of 3,000 - 4,500 words worth 20%. To prepare you for external exams, you will carry out a programme of weekly tests, exam style assessments and Formal Progress Points where you will monitor your attendance, how hard you are working and your academic progress. All Year 1 students will progress through a Year 1 Gateway that will allow you to progress to Year 2.

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