A Level History

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT: MR J STYPINSKI BA (York), PGCE (Bath)
Email: jstypinski@stedmundscollege.org

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COURSE CONTENT IN RHETORIC I

Y102:Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest 1035-1107

The core British unit looks at the end of Anglo Saxon England and the establishment of  Norman rule.   Here students will look at a crucial period of medieval history that changed not only the future of Britain, but also the world.  The course examines the differences in Saxon and Norman rule and covers a range of political questions that were common to both dynasties and the challenges that faced the new king from over the water.

Assessed by one 90 minute examination.

Y216: The USA in the 19th Century; Westward expansion and the Civil War 1803-1890

This unit gives an overview of the creation of the continental nation of the United States in the nineteenth century. It examines why Americans moved west and what impact this had on the native Americans already living there. It explains how, as the nation developed, slavery became a burning issue and differences became so polemic that civil war emerged as the solution to the problem.

Assessed by one 90 minute examination.

COURSE CONTENT IN RHETORIC II

Y3l5:The Changing Nature of Warfare 1792—1945

This course explores the changes and continuities in war over the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  It examines not only the development of warfare itself, but also looks at how the industrial an expanding demographic  and the rise of liberalism and totalitarian regimes impacted on the ability of the state to wage war.

Assessed by one 150 minute examination.

Y100: Coursework Personal Study

The History A unit Y100 Topic based essay is an independently researched essay of 3000—4000 words in length. This unit is a non-examination assessment.

The essay should explain and analyse different perspectives on a clearly-stated historical issue, drawing on a range of primary and secondary material.

The essay title should be chosen by the student and should be based on the independent investigation of a historical issue. The issue may arise from the study of a period or topic in unit groups 1-3 or it may be on a topic, or from a period, that the learner has not studied as part of the A Level course.

Assessed by non-examination assessment.

Key Skills

Students will learn how to select information and understand the cause and consequence of events.  They will learn to synthesise different arguments and that differing perspectives can be valid, but must learn to make decisions about which views they credit the most. They become skilled at analysing documents and decide upon their reliability and usefulness in relationship to specific questions. Most fundamentally, students learn how to structure and support an
argument.

Enrichment opportunities

Attendance at the Cambridge History Forum
Guest lecturers from university to enhance subject knowledge and give tasters of tertiary education.

Higher education and career prospects

History can be studied as a single subject and combined with many other courses at university.  With many varied history courses, students can choose what kind of history and what periods they wish to study.

History is useful in a variety of careers. Those directly related to the subject are obvious: teaching, museum work and the heritage industry. Numerous employers base its usefulness on the fact that history is at its base level decision-making based upon limited amounts of information. The legal profession uses many of the same skills as the historian and the decision-making skills developed are also valued by the police, the military, accountancy firms and larger businesses. Many librarians and archivists have a background in history, as do journalists.

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