A Level History

History is offered at all schools across the Joint Sixth Form. We all follow the AQA specification which offers a range of interesting and engaging historical topics for study. Carre’s Grammar School, Kesteven and Sleaford High School and St. George’s Academy each offer different courses focused on aspects of British, European and World History. All three courses aim to offer a combination of breadth and depth of study.

VISITS & TRIPS

Both departments aim to enliven the A Level course with relevant trips and lectures. Sometimes visits abroad are relevant, for example the residential trip to Auschwitz. When possible, students will also have the opportunity to participate in lectures and seminars run by leading Historians and university lecturers.

AIMS OF THE COURSE

  • Develop a coherent knowledge of the past.
  • Develop and apply understanding of historical topics.
  • Develop the techniques of critical thinking in a historical context.
  • Develop critical awareness of a range of historical dimensions.
  • Develop the ability to communicate historical arguments and conclusions clearly and succinctly

ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES

A-Level assessment is by final written examination and coursework (Non-examined Assessment)

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

History is recognised as an invaluable A Level subject by both universities and employers. It can open many doors to a wide variety of career opportunities ranging from law to media, from business to education, from politics to police work.

COURSE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The minimum entry requirements for level 3 academic study apply. In addition, applicants require a Grade 6 in English. It is not necessary to have studied History at GCSE to take this subject at A Level but if a student has done so then a Grade 6 or above is expected.

COURSE CONTENT AND SKILLS REQUIRED

Pupils are now required to study a 200 year period that is 20% British history, and contains opportunities to study change over short and long periods of time through breadth and depth studies. The three different schools in the Sleaford Joint Sixth Form each offer the following options:

St George's Academy Carre's Grammar School Kesteven and Sleaford High School
Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855 - 1964 Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia 1917 - 1953 The Making of a Superpower: The USA 1865 - 1975
The War of the Roses 1450 - 1499 Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy 1603 - 1702 The War of the Roses 1450 - 1499
Non-examined Assessment: German History 1789 - 1933 Non Examined Assessment: Civil Rights in the USA 1865 - 1992 Non-examined Assessment: Totalitarianism in Germany 1848 - 1990

Written fluency and ability to analyse historical documents are essential skills in this subject. It is important to have an interest in studying History at this level as pupils are expected to read widely around the course.