The History comprises:
Miss Mary Hext (Director of Humanities)
Mrs Mary Dean
Mr Jon Dale
Mr Chris Trengove
The subject is taught in specialist rooms with access to a variety of resources to encourage independent study.
What do students study?
History is a challenging, exciting and relevant A Level subject. A study of the past is also very rewarding and can help make sense of current issues and ideas. By the end of the course students should have developed their critical and analytical skills plus their ability to produce well directed written answers.
The courses at AS and A2 involve the study of both British and European History.
Year 12: the British element is the study of Representation and Reform 1830-1885. The history of events in Russia (from 1881, under the last two tsars, through the communist revolution of 1917 and then the rule of Lenin and Stalin) makes up the European part of the course.
Year 13: the British section continues with a study of the changing role and status of women from 1830-1930. At the same time, students study Germany, 1900-1945. As part of this, there are two special topics: “How guilty was Germany of starting the First World War?”; and an examination of the nature of the Third Reich.
How are students assessed?
The examining body is Edexcel.
- British History – one 1hr 20mins source-based examination (50% of final mark)
- Russia – one 1hr 20mins examination made up of two essay type answers (50% of final mark).
- British History – coursework relating to the Emancipation of Women (40% of A2 mark)
- German History – one 2 hour examination (60% of final mark). The exam is divided into two sections, one source based and the other an essay style question.