History

  • A Level
  • Edexcel
  • Entry requirements: GCSE English Grade 6 or above
  • Goes well with: Politics, English Literature, Geography and most other subjects

The broad and multi-disciplinary nature of History and its application to a wide range of current issues calls upon candidates' abilities to demonstrate the transferability of their knowledge and understanding of key historical skills and to produce evidence of their application. Students need to be dedicated, committed and enthusiastic about History and have a genuine interest in the understanding of the world we live in.

Unit 1 - In Search of the American Dream 1917-1996
Key themes:
The changing political environment, The quest for civil rights, Society and culture in change, The changing quality of life, The Impact of the Reagan Presidency.

Unit 2 - From Apartheid State to Rainbow Nation
Key themes:
The response to apartheid, Radicalisation of resistance and consolidation of National Party power, Redefining resistance and challenges to National Party power, The end of apartheid and the creation of the rainbow nation

Unit 3 - Poverty, public health and the state in Britain 1780-1939
Key themes:
  Lives in peril and the health of the nation, Changes in public health, Paupers and pauperism, The Poor Law Amendment Act and its impact, The government, self-help and charity, Social and welfare reforms, Depression and the Dole. 

Unit 4 - Independent Study:
Independent Study:
To what extent was the Holocaust a long term plan of the Nazis?

"History allows you to make your own judgements on studies over thousands of years and put them forward against some of the brightest minds in the world. The A level course allows you to explore History from all over the globe and learn about a wide range of topics that you will never have been taught in before, meaning you are learning new things and developing your skills all the time.