History

A Level

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Availability & Details

History, A-Level HF-HISTAL-D(0000)000

Venue
Havant Campus

Type of study
A Levels, Full Time

Dates
Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

Examination board
AQA

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Overview

Studying History helps make sense of the modern world and provides a broad general knowledge background that will stand you in good stead at university interviews and in life in general.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above and a grade 5 in GCSE English Language is recommended.

On this History A Level course at HSDC Havant, you will have the opportunity and choice to study two different history pathways:

Pathway 1: British and German History The Quest for Political Stability: Germany, 1871–1991

This option allows you to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence within the context of German history 1871–1991. Starting with the unification of Germany and rapid industrial development of the country, through the experience of the First World War and the attempt to establish democracy, the first year of this course concludes with the devastating impact of the Wall Street Crash on German politics. The second year begins with the rise of the Nazi Party and the consequences for Germany of the Second World War, through the post-war division into between East and West Germany, and finally, the reunification in 1991.

The Making of Modern Britain, 1951–2007 – this option provides for the in-depth study of the key political, economic, social and international changes that 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.

Pathway 2: British and American History The Making of a Superpower: USA, 1865-1975

This option allows you to study in breadth issues of changes, continuity, cause, and consequence within the context of American history. The course starts with the end of the American Civil War and the reconstruction period of the USA as it tries to rebuild the union. The first year content covers American developments up to the end of the First World War. In the second year, the course covers the roaring 1920s, the Great Depression, and the post-Second World War era of American Superpower dominance. There are key narrative and analytical focuses on political and economic developments as well as the changes in society and the progress of Civil Rights for African-Americans. The course ends in 1975 with the Vietnam war coming to a close and with American politics, society, and economics at a point of new challenges and tensions.

The Making of Modern Britain, 1951–2007 – this option provides for the in-depth study of the key political, economic, social and international changes that 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.

Teaching concentrates on guiding you through a process of active learning, via group learning, discussions, presentations and structured activities. The formal assessments are designed to familiarise you with exam criteria and to demonstrate your knowledge and progress; they will test both essay and source skills. Coursework is a compulsory part of the course and you will have a choice of options.  

Regular reading is essential and we have extended reading for you if you wish to aim for the top grades. We also have experience of Oxbridge applications for history and can support you with your interviews. You will be encouraged to use a variety of sources such as books, videos, journal articles. Great emphasis is given to the development of independent study skills, making use of the College’s Learning Hub (library), for example.

 

In the second year, you’ll take two exams and produce one piece of coursework of approximately 4000 words.

Our past students have gone on to a wide variety of Higher Education courses and out into various positions in the world of work. Degrees that our students have studied include history, history with qualified teacher status (primary and secondary teaching), modern history, medieval history, war studies, peace studies, American studies, international history and heritage conservation. Our students applying for law, politics or philosophy have also found their History A Level advantageous.


I chose the College because it has one of the highest pass rates, has excellent lecturers and had been highly recommended to me.

Ryan Gray - A Level Politics, History and Physical Education