Other subjects teach you the answers, but History teaches you to ask the questions. During the course students learn how to evaluate evidence, assess the significance of events & individuals, produce informed arguments and plan a comprehensive historical investigation. These skills are of immense value in a variety of careers including law, journalism, accountancy, public relations and publishing. It is a subject which is highly valued by all universities and all employers.
You must be inquisitive by nature. Much of the course is relevant to the world we live in today and students who opt to take History should have a desire to develop a greater understanding of our modern world. The course will be delivered in a variety of ways to suit learners styles. Note-taking, reading, class discussion, essay writing, watching documentaries, listening to podcasts, radio programmes and independent investigation will all feature. It is beneficial to have gained at least a grade B at GCSE but every application will be judged on its individual merits.
History in Westonbirt follows the OCR syllabus for A Level and we study the following units across the two years:
Unit 1 Y107 England 1547-1603: The Later Tudors
Unit 2 Y224 Apartheid and Reconciliation: South African Politics 1948-1999
Unit 3 Y321The Middle East 1908-2011: Ottomans to Arab Spring
Unit 4 Y100 Topic Based Essay (Coursework)
For the Coursework element, students will have the freedom to either choose a question set by the exam board or design their own question in negotiation with Mr Ahmed.
Mr Imran Ahmed
Head of History
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GL8 8 QG