A-Level History is not only a fascinating and thought provoking subject, but a challenging course that greatly develops the key skills that employers are looking for. At City of Liverpool College, we follow the linear AQA A-Level over two years and study two main topic areas:
Depth Study: Democracy & Dictatorship in Germany 1918-1945
Studied in the Autumn Terms, this module examines the fall of democracy in Germany, the rise of the Third Reich, and the horrors of World War and the Holocaust. Our students examine thought-provoking questions:
“Why did democracy fail to stop the rise of Hitler in the early 1930s?”
“How did the Nazis indoctrinate German society?”
“Why did Nazi Germany embark on a ‘war of annihilation’?”
“Why did ordinary Germans go along with the Holocaust?”
“How serious was resistance to Nazism?”
Breadth Study: England under the Tudors 1485-1603
Studied in the Spring & Summer Terms, this module examines the kingdom of England under the Tudor dynasty, the religious and social turmoil of the Reformation and the evolving nature of monarchy. Our students examine key topics such as:
The Wars of the Roses & Henry Tudor’s rise to power
Henry VIII’s break with Roman Catholicism and his impact on England
The changing nature of society, culture and language during the 1500s
The triumph of Elizabeth’s ‘Cult of the Virgin Queen’
Exploration, trade and the development of the English Nation-State
These modules are each assessed by an examination at the end of the two years. The exams are a mixture of essays, source questions and an analysis of secondary historical interpretations. The exams are challenging but lessons and revision throughout the year are focussed on preparing for them, ensuring students are well prepared by the end of the tow yeas. The combined marks are worth 80% of the final grade.
Individual Study: Coursework
This is worth 20% of the final grade and is researched and completed by the students themselves. They are free to choose any topic and to examine the idea of change and continuity within a roughly 100-year timespan. Previous successful coursework topics have included:
How significant were activists in achieving African-American Civil Rights?
To what extent did the Suffragettes drive modern feminism in Britain?
How responsible were the Tsars for the Russian Revolution?
How far did China develop as a response to foreign interference?
Coursework is an exciting part of the course as it is entirely under the students’ control. The real aim of coursework is to encourage students to begin to see themselves not as students, but as proper historians in their own right.
A Level History and UCAS points for H.E
This course leads to...
History at City of Liverpool gives students much more than a well-respected A-Level. In their study of History at City of Liverpool College, our historians develop:
• Critical thinking.
• The ability to interrogate and analyse evidence.
• The ability to challenge and re-develop existing ideas.
• Debating skills.
• Written skills and the ability to craft an argument.
• In-depth knowledge of historical and cultural contexts.
• Empathy and understanding.
• Independence and collaboration.
These are skills valued by any employer and especially by Universities.
A-level History is also about developing each and every student’s historical passion, with the genuine aim of ensuring that those who arrived as learners leave two years later as fully-fledged historians in their own right.
It is an advantage to have previously studied History at GCSE but this is not a requirement
Why study with us?
Last year our history students achieved the college’s best ever results in the subject; a 100% pass rate, with 50% achieving A* - B. Some of our recent upper 6th students have gone on to study Law, English, Media, Criminology and of course, History itself, at some of the UK’s top Russell Group Universities.
To encourage learning and the enjoyment of History outside class, we have set up a well-resourced Virtual Learning Environment which all students can access. Here can be found all the lesson PowerPoints and exemplar work, as well as articles, book extracts, video links, podcasts, webinars and much more. We also have a dedicated Twitter Page, LivHistory @liv_history which we encourage students to interact with.
We organise successful visits to dedicated Sixth-Form AQA Lecture Days as well as partner universities such as Edge Hill University.
We also plan at least two trips a year; A Lower 6th form Day trip to York to gain a greater feel for urban life during the Tudor era, and the tumultuous conflict between the Houses of York and Lancaster. We also encourage students in the second year of the course to participate in our annual Upper 6th form trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau, a moving and powerful experience which helps students understand the horrors of the Holocaust, as well as a personal insight into what life was like in occupied Eastern Europe during the 1940s.
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