A*, A or B in History
Aims of the course
The A-level History course will encourage girls to:-
- develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, history and an understanding of its intrinsic value and
- acquire an understanding of different identities within society and an appreciation of aspects such as social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity, as appropriate
- improve as effective and independent students and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious
and enquiring minds
- develop the ability to ask relevant and significant questions about the past and to research them
- acquire an understanding of the nature of historical study, for example that history is concerned with
judgements based on available evidence and that historical judgements are provisional
- develop their use and understanding of historical terms, concepts and skills
- make links and draw comparisons within and/or across different periods and aspects of the past
- organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways, arguing a case and reaching substantiated judgements.
What will I learn?
An interest in and enthusiasm for history and an understanding of its intrinsic value and significance. The specification encourages you to:
- acquire, and effectively communicate, knowledge and understanding of selected periods of history
- develop an understanding of historical terms and concepts
- explore the significance of events, individuals issues and societies in history
- understand the nature of historical evidence and the methods used by historians in analysis and evaluation
- develop an understanding of how the past has been interpreted and represented
- develop an understanding of the nature of historical study that history is concerned with judgements based on available evidence and that historical judgements may be provisional.
- History students will have the opportunity to visit Washington DC and New York in February 2016.
- There will be an opportunity to visit the sights of the French Revolution in Paris and the Battle of Waterloo in Year 13.
- Every Year 12 student will receive a guided tour around Hampton Court and take part in a bespoke workshop on the Mid Tudor crisis run by the education team at Hampton Court.
- Every student will have access to the Historical Association website which includes podcasts, articles and research material relevant to their A-level studies as well as guidance on which university History departments to choose at degree level.
- The department has had visits and talks from University lecturers on diverse topics such as 16th Century English Catholicism.
- Students will have the opportunity to enter History essay competitions for Oxbridge colleges.
- If you wish to apply to Oxbridge you will receive application seminars during the Autumn term.
- Apart from being interesting, fun and thrilling, History is incredibly useful in developing analytical and research skills as well as developing the ability to form judgements based on the sifting of complex information.
- The subject is chosen at University by many of our girls.
- It can also be studied at university in conjunction with other complementary subjects such as Politics and International Relations.
- History as a subject allows access to a wide range of careers including Teaching, Finance, the Law, the Civil Service and Journalism.