A Level - Modern History
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?
History is more than just dates and facts as it enhances our understanding of key individuals, societies and the process of change. Looking at the past helps us to gain an understanding of the present and gives us an insight into human behaviour. History is the study of our collective experience through time, being a process of objective investigation and discovery. You will learn to employ skills of synthesis and interpretation of evidence and develop the ability to present your argument with substantiated judgements.
The course is made up of four units:
(i) Britain 1930-1997 (with a special enquiry on Winston Churchill 1930-1951)
(ii) The Crusades and the Crusader States 1095-1192
(iii) Russia and its Rulers 1855-1964
(iv) An in-depth individual study on a choice of topic from a wide range available
During both years of study, you can expect to:
- Gain knowledge and understanding of some key periods in British and world history
- Develop and understand historical terms and concepts
- Explore the significance of events, individuals, issues and societies in history
- Develop an understanding of how the past has been interpreted and represented
- Enhance your understanding of how historians really work
During the second year of study you will have a fabulous opportunity to pursue your own historical interests through your coursework (unit iv).
WHAT DO I NEED TO JOIN THE COURSE?
Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and a grade 4 (C) in History. Applicants who have not studied History at GCSE will be considered on an individual basis.
CAN I TAKE ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS?
If you choose to study Modern History, you will usually take it alongside three other A levels. Subjects which complement Modern History include: English Literature, Government & Politics, Geography, Film or Media Studies, Modern Languages, Sociology, Psychology and English Language.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
A Level: At the end of Year 13 there will be three exams of 1 hour, 1 hour 30 minutes and 2 hours 30 minutes plus one assessed 3000-4000 word coursework essay.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
There are no charges to study this course. Course texts are provided and the Learning Resource Centre holds a large selection of additional texts. However, there may be some costs for trips.
WHAT IS THE DURATION?
There is no AS qualification available. A Level Modern History is a two year course only.
WHAT IS THE UCAS POINTS TARIFF FOR THIS COURSE?
HOW DO I APPLY?
- Course Type A Level
- Duration 2 Years
- Awarding Body OCR
- Applications Accepting