Course Title AS/A Level History
Level: 3
Code MS023

Overview of the Course

History is a fascinating subject that allows you to learn about some of the greatest personalities and most significant events of the past. Learning about history and the past is important in helping you to understand why things happened and what significance they had on modern day. This course is an analytical subject; if you enjoy asking questions and discussing points of view, you will be well suited to it. The department recognises the value of trips and visits to our students and seeks to provide the opportunity to visit sites of historical significance in the UK and abroad. Although there is no AS Level associated with the subject, there will be a full internal examination at the end of the first year of the course.

What are the career opportunities?

History is highly regarded by universities and employers because students who study it develop experience in gathering and analysing information. You will find a history qualification useful in many careers such as: Journalism, Teaching, Legal, Professions, Civil Service, Media, Business and Accountancy.

What are the entry requirements?

To study A Levels at Bury College you must obtain a minimum of six GCSE grades. These must include 4/5 in English Language and mathematics (minimum combined total of 9 points). Plus, a minimum of two additional GCSEs at grade 4 or higher. As well as a minimum of two additional GCSEs at grade 5 or higher. In addition to these entry requirements, you must achieve GCSE English grade 9-5 (A*-C) and maths grade 9-4 (A*-C).

How long is the course and when can I start?

This course will start in September and you will study for two years to achieve the full A Level.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

You will complete a document based and an essay based paper at the end of your second year. You will also complete one piece of coursework in your second year to be completed by the end of December. There is also a synoptic paper in June of year two. You will study four units to complete the two year A Level course including topics such as the English Civil War and the Tudor rebellions. There will also be coursework in which you can choose you own topic. Studying this course will involve gaining skills in essay writing, document study and developing research skills. You will also enhance your ability to participate confidently in a range of historical discussions.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

On an A Level Study Programme, you will develop specialist knowledge, skills relevant to the subject you are studying.

All A Level Study Programme subjects will develop your English and communication skills. Many will also develop technical and numerical skills. All of these are transferable to any higher education and employment fields.

In addition, an A Level Study Programme can develop your critical thinking skills more effectively than any other course of study. You will be exposed to a wide range of complex concepts and ideas to provoke and stimulate you, and you will have high level thinking skills that are valued in all employment fields and that will support your higher education and career goals.

Work experience

All students on A Level Study Programmes will participate in a week’s work experience. We aim for this work experience to be aligned to your career aims, or provide you with the opportunity to explore possible careers if you are unsure of your future goals.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

A range of enrichment activities are available in college and the A Level Study Programme team will provide you with opportunities to do activities that contribute to your wider growth and development and in many cases will support your academic studies by allowing you to explore things that are related to the subject areas that you are interested in.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

Essay writing will be an integral part of the assessment process. You will also need research skills to help complete the coursework. Participation in class discussion forms much of the learning process.

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