Curriculum Leader

Mr P Giannini

Awarding Body

OCR Course Specification

Entry Requirements

A minimum of level 5 in GCSE History. If History not taken at GCSE level then Level 5 or above would be required in both English Language and English Literature.

Why choose History?

Studying the past will help you make sense of the present. In addition, the study of History enables students to develop skills which have considerable market value. Universities and employers appreciate that History Is academically demanding and rigorous and will give you certain Key Skills which can be applied to a variety of situations. You will learn to recognise what motivates people, to gather and read different kinds of information, to check it for bias and propaganda and communicate and express your ideas clearly.

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What will I learn in Year 12 and how will it be assessed?

Modules 1,2 and 3 assessed by examination
Module 4 coursework

Unit 1: The Early Stuarts and the Origins of the Civil War 1603–1660 (Enquiry topic: The Execution of Charles I and the Interregnum 1646–1660)

Assessment: 50 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes paper. 
25% of total A level

Unit 2: Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919–1963

Assessment: 30 marks1 hour paper. 
15% of total A level

This is a new specification subject. The school’s policy is that students enrolling onto new specification courses will not be entered for external AS examinations at the end of Year 12. Please visit the FAQs for more information on new specifications, their UCAS tariff points and the ‘decoupling’ of AS/A2 grades.

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What will I learn in Year 13 and how will it be assessed?

This is a ‘new specification’ subject. The overall result for each student completing this course to full A level standard will be based on the final Year 13 A level examinations only. Please visit the FAQs for more information on new specifications, their UCAS tariff points and their ‘decoupling’ of AS/A2 grades.

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How will I learn?

You will learn through opportunities to:

  • Personally research topics
  • Use source – based materials including TV and film
  • Use field visits including a trip to Berlin
  • Listen to personal testimonies of people involved with the events under investigation, including Holocaust survivors
  • Use up to date ICT packages/programs to develop research and presentation/revision materials.
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Journalism, Archaeology, Journalism, Law.

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History is a good qualification for budding journalists, TV researchers, lawyers, police officers, market researchers, social workers, teachers, businessmen and women and managers in a variety of fields.

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Further Course Information

Students have the opportunity to participate in a residential trip to Berlin, Germany. In conjunction with the Film Studies Departments, the department runs a week-long trip to the capital of Germany. Whilst there we visit the Jewish Museum, Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and the German Parliament - The Reichstag. The trip is designed to enhance History at A level as two of the A level units examine German History. We also visit the Holocaust Centre in North Nottinghamshire and student conferences at various universities. The History department maintain very close links with the Holocaust Educational Trust and students in year 12 can apply to participate in the Lessons from Auschwitz course each year.

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