Course Level – 3
Course Type – A-Level
Specific Entry Requirements
Five GCSEs at grade 5-9 including English and Maths
Duration – 2 Years
Student Age – 16-18
About The Course
At BSix, we are keen to share and to build on what young people already know about History and to create a sense of belonging within the discipline as well as the classroom. Studying History will enrich our understanding of the present, our position within it, and how we might think and act more effectively within it. Thinking historically not only involves asking questions about what happened in the past but struggling over its interpretation, meaning and continuing presence. We must ask: who gets to be part of History, and why? Which stories are remembered, forgotten, and who gets to decide? This is a battle endlessly waged, in all times, all over the world, and in our classroom. We shall study the History of Britain, the USA and Russia.
How Is The Course Taught?
Discussion is at the heart of teaching and learning history at BSix. Students are encouraged to teach and to present on various topics as well as to rigorously practice exam techniques. We have professional historians and experts visiting the department each year to bring History to life and to enrich the curriculum. Visits have included Professor John Morrill of Cambridge University to debate the Causes of the English Civil War, trailblazing Labour Historian Louise Raw on the Suffragettes of the East End, historian/Hip Hop artist Akala to historicise race and explore Ancient African Civilisations, Dr. Sumita Mukherjee from Bristol University to debate A History of South Asians in Britain, Dr. Anita Rupprect from Brighton University to run a workshop on The ‘hub of empire’: the Caribbean and Britain in the Seventeenth Century and many more.
How will I be Assessed?
You will be regularly assessed through key assignments based on real exam questions. Your final exam will be at the end of year two and will be made up of three separate exam papers and one coursework component: Paper 1 -Britain 1625 -1701; Paper 2 – Russia in revolution; Paper 3 – Civil rights and race relations in the USA
What does it lead to?
As well as a career as a historian, History provides the basis for a variety of career paths including law, journalism, politics, heritage, museums, archives, teaching and beyond. An archivist will expect an average yearly salary of £33,800.