A Level – History


This course is for anyone who has a keen interest in History and wants to understand some of the major events and developments which have dominated the world. It will be of interest to anyone who likes to think for themselves, put forward their own views, and argue in favour of their own interpretation of events.

History students at Wyke Sixth Form College.
  • Who Is This Course For?

    This course is for anyone who has a keen interest in History and wants to understand some of the major events and developments which have dominated the world. It will be of interest to anyone who likes to think for themselves, put forward their own views, and argue in favour of their own interpretation of events.

    It will also be of interest to anyone who wants to develop their skills of analysis and learn to think critically. History is a subject intended for those who like to become involved and learn through active participation. History complements a range of other subjects very well and is a recognised facilitating subject for a range of undergraduate programmes of study.

    Entry Criteria

    The College entry criteria for all level three courses can be found on our ”Entry Criteria Guidance” pdf document.

  • Course Details:

    A level History is taught as a ‘linear’ course, which means that the course runs for two years with the final assessment/exams at the end of the two years. It is expected that students of history at Wyke will study towards their A level for the full two years. The programme of study and assessment is outlined below:

    A Level History, Edexcel Route F

    A level (Year 1)Paper 1 – Breadth Study with Interpretations Paper 2 – Depth Study
    %age of A level30%  of the A level20% of the A level
    Topics studiedPaper 1 Option 1F. In Search of the American Dream: The USA 1917-96Paper 2 Option 2F.1India, c1914-48: The Road to Independence
    Assessment1 exam – essay questions and interpretations question1 exam – source question and essay question
    A level (Year 2)Paper 3 – Themes in breadth with aspects in depthCoursework
    %age of A level30% of the A level20% of the A level
    Topics studiedPaper 3 Option 35.2 – The British Experience of Warfare, c1790-1918Students complete an independently researched enquiry about historical interpretations e.g. the origins of the First World War
    Assessment1 exam – source question and two essaysAssessment of a 3000-4000 word essay

    Exam Board

    Edexcel

    How the course is delivered

    Each History class takes place in a classroom, with the resources appropriate to the course immediately to hand. Teaching and learning combine presentations, discussions, and debates, with source analysis, group work, research exercises, and skills-based activities. We expect students to be actively involved and encourage independent learning and critical thinking.

    Departmental Enrichment

    Over the years the History Department has taken History students to various places of national historical importance, including the Houses of Parliament and the Imperial War Museum. It has also taken students to various History conferences in Manchester and London, as well as Hull University.

    The History Department at Wyke Sixth Form College

    The History Department consists of a team of 3 History specialists.

    All History students are issued with a substantial body of learning materials including books, maps, printed notes, study guides, historical sources, essay plans and revision exercises. Additional learning materials, together with supplementary learning resources, are available for students to access on the College intranet.

    The Department also has a substantial library of History books for students to use. Members of the History staff team provide additional support for those students who need further guidance regarding their written work, and more generally for students who wish to discuss issues arising from the topics which they have been studying.

    What can I do now that would help prepare me for this course?

    Choose a prominent figure or event from the last 200 years who you find interesting (eg: Admiral Nelson, Stalin, Roosevelt, Mao Tse Tung, Kennedy, the First World War, the Second World War, the Civil Rights Movement etc) and research it. Consider what it was that made them so important, powerful or influential.

    Rather than merely relying on Google or Wikipedia, go to a library and find more information about your chosen figure or event. Consider their achievements in the context of the difficulties of the period. With more detailed knowledge of such an individual or event it will provide you with a useful analytical perspective to help with your future studies of History.

  • Progression:

    Knowledge of the past, and being able to make sense of the past, are essential for students who wish to go on to study various subjects at university, such as History, Politics, Philosophy, Sociology, Heritage Studies, Languages, Classics, American Studies, Economics, and English Literature (or American or European Literature).

    However, the subject provides more than just knowledge of the past: it provides training in analytical thinking, and develops a variety of transferable skills which are highly relevant to your future employment. Industry and commerce want people who can think for themselves, absorb a lot of information, ask critical questions, and draw their own logical conclusions. They want people who can analyse problems, research information, interpret information, present reports which consider different options or points of view, communicate clearly, and use their powers of persuasion to argue in favour of a particular decision or policy. All these skills are acquired through the study of History.

    Consequently, the study of History is ideal for students intending to pursue a career in, for example, journalism, broadcasting, the law, the police force, the civil service, local government, politics, marketing, and the heritage and leisure and tourism industries, and publishing. It is also highly appropriate for students intending to pursue business or managerial careers in manufacturing industry and commerce as a whole.

    With 100% pass rates the History Department has helped many students excel in the subject.

    Some A Level History students who have left in recent years, and where they are now:

    Guy Richardson, studying Modern Languages at Edinburgh University (A* in History)

    Tom Maughan, studying Journalism at Trinity College, Leeds University (B)

    Ainsley Sykes, studying Law at Lincoln University (B)

    Xanthe Roantree, studying Law at York University (B)

    Jael Clancy, studying Law with Criminology at Hull University (B)

    Megan Ollerhead, studying English at York University (A)

    Ruth Ollerenshaw, studying English and American Studies at Hull University (C)

    Adam Boufkir, studying Sports Coaching at Hull University (B)

    Andrew Tennant, studying Politics and International Relations at Hull University (B)

    Ailis Weir, studying Law at Manchester Metropolitan University (B)

    Eve Bayram, studying Classical Civilisations at Warwick University (A)

    Natalie Alden, studying Psychology at Manchester University (A)

    Hannah Robinson, studying History at Hull University (B)