A level History is made up of three components. The first is a breadth study, in which we look at The Tudors and the changes that took place over the period. Component two is an in-depth study, looking at post 1945 America and the final component is the coursework module, where you will study Russia 1855-1964.
As well as giving you a wider understanding of British and European History, this course will also develop your ability to analyse sources, develop arguments, research and construct essays, think critically and solve problems.
The course will also introduce you to Historiography; the study of History as a discipline.
There will be an increased push towards exams as the preferred form of assessment. Coursework content in some subjects will be reduced or removed. The course may involve a mix of assignments and examinations.
The course will be delivered in dedicated and well-equipped teaching rooms at Leeds Sixth Form, Park Lane Campus. Within our dedicated 'Sixth Form' area, students also have access to a permanently staffed 'Independent Learning Zone', where comfortable seating and a suite of 60 chrome-books are provided to facilitate independent study.
The general requirements for direct entry to our 2 year A level programmes are 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at grade A*-C or equivalent, plus 2 additional GCSEs or BTECs at grade A*-C or the equivalent.
For students applying with new 1-9 grade tier GCSE qualifications in Maths or English, we will consider a grade 4 as equivalent to grade C in terms of our general entry requirements for September 2017 entry. However please be aware that specific subjects may require grade 5 or above in GCSE English or Maths.
Applicants with 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths, but without the 2 additional A*-C equivalent qualifications may be considered, dependent on individual circumstances, at the discretion of the Deputy Head or Head of A levels.
Students with a GCSE average score of below 5.7 (mostly Cs at GCSE) will follow the 3 A level programme, whilst students with a GCSE average score of 5.7 (mostly B and above at GCSE) or above are encouraged to study 4 A level subjects. Our expert staff will help you to work out your expected average GCSE score for guidance.
In addition to our general entry criteria, some subjects have their own additional criteria.
Additional entry criteria - GCSE grade A*-B/9-5 in GCSE English Language and GCSE grade C or above in GCSE History if studied.
History is a subject highly regarded by both universities and employers. The critical analysis skills that you will develop can enable progression into a wide variety of careers such as law, journalism and the media, marketing and business, management and teaching, as well as more specialist occupations such as archaeology, historical research and museum curation.