A LEVEL HISTORY
Our curriculum intent is to have an ambitious and inclusive curriculum, that empowers our students to become life-long learners and successful global citizens.
In History A Level, students explore three key historical periods: Britain and its development since 1918, the Great Depression and 1930s America and the driving forces behind the various witch-hunts between the 16th and 19th centuries. In each case, students will critically examine the factors that contributed to and underpinned the historical event as well. Students will also evaluate the extent to which they agree with interpretations of a chosen historical controversy, justifying their opinions and constructing well-reasoned arguments in a 4000-word essay. Through a well-sequenced curriculum, we intend to embed knowledge and skills that challenge all learners.
Our curriculum is designed to cultivate a rich historical vocabulary, enabling our students to think and write like a Historian. Students are taught subject specialist and disciplinary language in an explicit and direct manner
As part of our Enriched and Society-centred curriculum students further develop their understanding of key historical themes such as democracy and social beliefs, learning the cost past societies have gone through to win their rights and consequently the importance of students taking an active part within their society. Students develop an understanding of the transferability of historical techniques such as primary source and historical interpretations analysis. We support students in developing an approach to studying the past that requires them to reach their own interpretations so that they are able to eloquently defend through both the spoken and written word.
To raise aspirations and allow our students to make informed decisions about their future, we provide subject specific careers education. Students learn about educational and skill requirements for professions such as Lawyers, Researchers and Journalists.
Our Curriculum Maps outline our curriculum design and the development of knowledge and skills in Years 12 and 13. The curriculum is adapted to support and challenge students with different starting points, whilst remaining ambitious for all. Students are examined on the Edexcel Specification in A Level History.
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