A Level History

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What Board do we do? AQA 

What is History? 
History is a fascinating and challenging subject, well known for encouraging high-level critical-thinking skills such as developing logical and sustained arguments, evaluating different interpretations of events and considering a wide variety of complex issues in the light of contextual knowledge. History is a prestigious subject which opens doors to fields such as law and journalism, but can also give an extra dimension to a student whose other A Level subjects are science-based.

All UK A Level History courses must include one British history unit, one non-British history unit and a 3500-word coursework essay. The units must cover a chronological period of at least 200 years.

At David Game College we offer the following course:

Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855–1964

This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:

· How was Russia governed and how did political authority change and develop?

· Why did opposition develop and how effective was it?

· How and with what results did the economy develop and change?

· What was the extent of social and cultural change?

· How important were ideas and ideology?

· How important was the role of individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?

Part one: Autocracy, Reform and Revolution: Russia, 1855–1917

Part two: the Soviet Union, 1917–1964

We offer the following:

The Making of Modern Britain, 1951–2007

This option provides for the study in depth of the key political, economic, social and international changes which 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 students to reflect on Britain’s changing place in the world as well as the interrelationship between political policies, economic developments and political survival.

Part one: Building a new Britain, 1951–1979

Part two: Modern Britain, 1979–2007

Both courses are full of interesting ideas, compelling personalities and harrowing events. Most students will have some knowledge already of the outstanding events and characters of the Russian Revolution from the last days of the Tsarist regime to the purges of Stalin. However, Modern Britain is equally fascinating and resonates with us today: for example, it includes Britain's position globally and how this affects foreign and domestic policy. The period looks at the development of post-war democracy in Britain and the impact this had on the economy, society, and culture of Britain and offers students an opportunity to scrutinise modern Britain from a historic perspective.

Our final component is an historical investigation in which students complete a personal study on the causes of the American Civil War.

This involves a short taught course followed by independent research.

Once again, this course is full of well-known characters such as Abraham Lincoln, along with lesser-known individuals such as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Students will look at how the terrible abuses of slavery were intertwined with the early years of the USA. This topic can be studied through the medium of film and literature as well as through history books. It has been said that ‘No-one can understand America without some knowledge of the Civil War’. (Shelby Foote).

For exceptionally committed and outstanding students there may be the opportunity for them to pursue a topic of their own choice.

Finally, history is about debate, it is about formulating an argument; this means that all our history lessons are discussion-based. A Level History students need to engage in the debate, and need to be able to defend their interpretations of events robustly whilst listening to alternative viewpoints. They must be prepared to work hard to gain detailed, specific contextual knowledge about the periods we study and use this to interrogate and assess primary and secondary sources.

There is no doubt that A Level History is challenging and students have to work hard; but this is what makes it such a rewarding and worthwhile subject.



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