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History A level (S0721)

Paston College

Grammar School Road, North Walsham, Norfolk, NR28 9JL

GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Level 3
History, Philosophy and Theology

Available start dates

Available start dates

Friday, 01 September 2023
Paston College
2 Year(s)
Full time
Daytime/working hours

Application Instructions

3 A Level Programme

Minimum of 66444 at GCSE (Please note : grade 4 may be replaced by an 'old C' grade and grade 6 by 'old' B grade)

Vocational subjects cannot replace GCSEs for entry on to an A Level programme.

You must also study English/Maths GCSE if you have not already achieved grade 4 in these subjects.

4 A level programme

If you achieve a minimum of 3 GCSE's at grade 8 (A*) plus 5 at grade 7 (A) and your English Language and Maths are at minimum grade 4, you will have the option to join the A Plus programme.

Please note that A Plus is designed for applicants to academic courses at Oxford, Cambridge or other Russel Group universities. Grades in vocational subjects cannot replace GCSE's for entry to this programme.

Vocational programmes

Minimum of five grade 4 at GCSE (or old grade C) or Merit/Distinction in a relevant BTEC First Diploma (or equivalent) plus 1 grade 4 (or old grade 4) at GCSE. You must also study English Language and/or Maths GCSE if you have not already achieved grade 4 in these subjects.

Level 2 programme

Minimum of three grade 4 at GCSE (or old Grade C).

This programme is designed for those students who just miss our entry requirements for level 3 study. It includes an opportunity to improve your GCSE English Language and Maths grades, alongside a Workskills course to develop the skills required for progression into employment or onto a level 3 programme.

Course Details

This course will allow you to explore why changes occurred and how societies experience change. You will also gain an understanding of how the world we see today was created by past events. We will bring history to life through a wide range of interactive teaching methods which will help you develop a good understanding of the topics. The study of history gives you an understanding of events and develops important skills such as communication, analysis, and evidencing a case. You will study three compulsory topics and one topic of your choice. The three compulsory topics are: Britain Transformed, 1918-1997 - This unit focuses on the changes in British politics, society, economy and culture between 1918 and 1997. The USA, c1920-55 Boom, Bust, and Recovery - This unit examines the emergence of the United States as a superpower following the 1920s boom and the Great Depression. The Witch Craze in Britain, Europe, and North America, c1580-1750 - This unit examines the prominent cases of witchcraft between the 16th and 18th centuries. You will analyse individual cases including the Salem Witch Trials in 1692-1693 and the East Anglian witch craze. You will get the opportunity to learn from guest lecturers and visit sites that will bring the topics you are studying to life.

Previous lecturers include Dr Malcolm Gaskill from the University of East Anglia (UEA), a specialist on the History Witchcraft. Alongside this, the coursework module allows you to explore a part of history that you are passionate about. If you are interested in history, enjoy learning and writing about the past, are open to lively debates, always willing to put forward an opinion and want to understand how the world we know today was created, then this course is for you.

You will be assessed through three examinations covering the three compulsory subjects and one piece of coursework based on a topic of your choice.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 66444 grades at GCSE (please note: grade 4 may be replaced by 'old' grade C and grade 6 by 'old' grade B). You must also study English/Maths GCSE if you have not acheived a grade 4 or old grade C in these subjects.

Additional Entry Requirements:-
English Language GCSE grade 5.
Grade 5 in History GCSE is an advantage.

Your next steps...

History is an excellent preparation for both university and careers as varied as journalism, politics, law, teaching and management.

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