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History is not simply about dead people, but the way we respond to the legacy that they have left – without an understanding of what went before, how can we make sense of everyday conversations, the places we visit, the attitudes we hold or the things we love or loathe?

In the end, the knowledge developed may not last much longer than the last history exam, but the skills developed will last a lifetime!

Summary of course content

The course covers the history of Britain in the modern era and the development of early empire as well as Russia from 1855. As a department, we have chosen topics which we know students will love, which allow them to develop a through sense of chronology and historical understanding and which focus on the staff’s specialist subject areas.

Topics covered

Students will study three topics over two years. The topics currently covered are:
• Unit 1 – Controlled assessment unit on early development of The British Empire, 1650-1760.
• Unit 2 – Tsarist Russia, 1855-1964.
• Unit 3 – Making of modern Britain, 1951-2007.

How the course differs from GCSE

Whilst students will build upon the knowledge and skills acquired at GCSE, the material covered will be new, yet not so unfamiliar as to be daunting. Political, social, cultural and economic history will all feature in the course and allow students to develop skills essential to the workplace, general interest and living in a multi-cultural world. Students will have two or three teachers who teach one unit each.

Skills acquired

History helps to develop:
• Analytical skills, (vital when listening to others, speaking or reading text).
• Listening and speaking skills (vital when working as part of a team or in management/supervision of others).
• Written skills (vital when trying to put across clear and relevant views).

Where the course leads

Historians are welcomed into a whole range of jobs that require enquiring and disciplined minds, analytical skills, a commitment to self-improvement and a knowledge of the world. Previous A Level students are employed in a number of professions, from air traffic controllers to zoologists! Unsurprisingly, the history course offers excellent preparation for students entering higher education here or abroad. Past Lytchett historians have gone on to study history or politics at Russell Group and Oxbridge universities.

Special entry requirements

Students do not necessarily need to have studied history at GCSE level, but we would give preference to those students who have achieved a grade 6 or higher in their GCSE history course.

All students wanting to take A Level history must also have a grade 5 or above in English Language/Literature at GCSE.
Students will have to be highly motivated and able to work hard to reach deadlines. They should demonstrate a genuine interest and love for learning about the past. The ability to write extended answers is critical.