What are the aims of the course?
History may be about the past but it should help you to understand the present! If you should study History in Years 10 and 11 you will acquire knowledge and understanding about Britain, Germany and other European countries through medieval, early modern and modern time periods. You will investigate events and people, and, above all, you'll begin to understand why an ability to look at evidence critically is so important in the modern world.
What is the content of the course?
You will follow the AQA Syllabus which covers the following topics;
- Topic A: Germany, 1890-1945, Democracy and Dictatorship (includes Nazi Germany).
- Topic B: Conflict and Tension, 1894-1914 (The First World War).
- Topic C: Britain, Health and the People, c.500-2000 (The History of Medicine).
- Topic D: Elizabethan England, 1568-1603.
What will the course be like?
Students will be expected to work both independently and in groups. Some lessons will involve note taking and written question answers, but role-play, games, poster design, whole class and small group discussion will also feature. Students will be expected to investigate, analyse and evaluate sources from the past including photos, cartoons, songs, statistics and written evidence. An optional fieldwork trip to Belgium and France and some of the First World War battle sites has become a very popular part of the course.
Are there any special requirements?
Just the one! A real determination to succeed – this means keeping your notes up-to-date, completing work on time and participating in the lesson as much as you are able.
What will I be able to do by the end of the course?
History is a well-regarded subject. At the end of the course you should be able to:
- Think for yourself! Because you will be able to understand, interpret and evaluate a range of sources and information.
- Show factual knowledge about Britain, Germany and other European countries across a range of time periods.
- Understand some of the key issues which have helped shape the modern world.
How will the course be assessed?
Students will sit two exams (worth 50% each) in June 2022. The two exams are 2 hours each.
Having enjoyed doing 20th Century topics, you will probably want to build on your knowledge but also do something new – that’s just what the A Level History course does! You are likely to study modern British history (post Second World War) as well as the history of Russia and countries in Eastern Europe.