History - A Level - Year 1

The study of History will appeal to everyone who wishes to learn how and why the world evolved to be as it is today. History is regarded as a keystone academic subject by competitive universities and offers an established route into the professions.

During the course you will study tumultuous periods of both early and modern history. During Year 1 you will explore the origins and consequences of the brutal civil wars that transformed both Britain and America.

In Year 2 you will study the development of the American civil rights movement, charting the heroic fight of civil rights activists striving to gain equality for all Americans, regardless of race, gender or ethnicity.

You will also complete a coursework assignment from a selection of titles.

How will I be assessed?

A combination of coursework and the following examinations:

  • The USA in the 19th Century – Westward Expansion & Civil War, 1803-1890 (written exam)
  • The Early Stuarts & the Origins of the Civil War, 1603-1660 (written exam)
  • Civil Rights in the USA, 1865-1992 (written exam)

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs – 2 at Grade 6 including History or another Humanities subject and 3 at Grade 5 including English.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - you can progress to an exciting range of higher level courses including Teaching.
  • University - related degrees including History, Politics, Law, English and Sociology.
  • Careers - This course is ideal if you are interested in a career as a Historian, Archivist, Civil Servant, Teacher, Museum Curator or Lawyer.

Additional information

You will have the opportunity to visit key historic sites in New York and Washington D.C.

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