History (A Level)

Do you know why the USA lost the war in Vietnam or have you thought about why the British lost control of India, the “Jewel in the Crown” of its’ Empire? Do you enjoy debating the evidence and arguing a case?

History at A Level is about being able to put forward an argument and back it up with evidence.

Can you explain the outbreak of WW1 and WW2, the reasons for progress on Civil Rights in the USA up to 1968 or the course of the withdrawal from empire in Africa up to the 1980’s? History combines well with a range of other humanities subjects, but also with Modern Foreign Languages, sciences and other choices. In History you develop widely regarded skills in the analysis of evidence and the ability to communicate in a concise and logical style – university applications which include History A Level are well received by admissions tutors.

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Course Insight Subject Highlights

Topics you will study
  • In Search of the American Dream: the USA, c. 1917-96
  • The Road to Independence: India, c. 1914-48
  • The British Experience of Warfare: c. 1790-1918
  • The Origins of the First World War
Progression Routes – What’s in it for me?

History at A Level is viewed as a strong subject by all the top universities and is described as a facilitating subject which they like to see on applications from students. You don’t therefore have to go on to study History at University for it to be a useful A Level for you to take. History can be a career choice in itself in terms of courses in Higher Education but also in a range of occupations where the skills and understanding developed in a History course is valued. There are also careers where some specific Historical knowledge and understanding is required.

Assessment:                         Awarding Body:

Exams – 80%                                          Pearson Edexcel

Coursework – 20%

Results 2018: 98%

Key Features:

  • A range of topics covering British, European, US and World History.
  • Investigating History over a 200 year period, delving back as far as the late 18th century.
  • Debating the roles of famous individuals such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X.
  • Exploring History at Advanced Level through an in depth personal research project.
Stoke6th Graduate Attributes
How SFC will help you to boost your CV by developing your skills and qualifications…

History develops a range of skills which are valued by employers. The analytical and evaluative skills required to complete A Level History are seen as important generic work place skills which good employees need to bring to their roles. History encourages participation in projects with local museums such as the ‘Young Curators Project’ and students have been on visits to Archaeological sites to see the interaction between History and the construction industry. You’ll develop the Stoke6th Graduate Attributes, improving your resilience, independence of thought, creativity, respect for others’ views and communication skills.

What our students say…

“The History trip to the Imperial War Museum trip was very interesting. I liked that the way that it covered various wars with different aspects for example Women in War. I also thought that the ‘Picture Show’ was really good because it showed personal accounts of war in a different way.”

“If you choose to study History you have the opportunity to go on a number of trips and work with the local museum. I found the trip to the Imperial War Museum fascinating and I would recommend this subject to future students.”

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