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Course overview

The study of History helps us to understand and explain the past and is a fascinating subject in its own right.

Topics include:

Popular Culture and the Witchcraze of the 16th and 17th centuries.
Content: Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe, the reasons for the growth and decline of the persecution of witches, the regional variation and nature of the witchcraze, the responses of the authorities to witchcraft.

The Path to Modernity: British History 1900 - 1951
Content: Political issues, Social issues, Economic Issues, Britain at war.

The Birth of a Superpower: The American Revolution: 1740 - 1796
Content: The development of British hegemony in America, Causes of the American Revolution, The American Revolution, War of Independence.

History coursework can be on a wide range of subjects. Popular topics have involved Nazi Germany, the causes of WWI and WWII and the Soviet Union. We allow students a large degree of freedom about their coursework title and are eager to encourage the exploration of areas of particular interest.

The course includes a wide variety of learning experiences such as lectures, one to one tutorials, ICT based tasks, practical work, group work, discussions/debates, DVDs, and personal research when preparing for assessment. There is also a programme of guest lecturers who attend on a regular basis.

What else do I need to know?

Studying history provides an excellent general qualification for many careers. You will be able to use it to progress to Higher Education. Universities recognise the depth of study critical sources analysis that A Level History courses develop. These are cross transferable skills that correlate well with a variety of subjects of study and professional skills. In addition many employers appreciate the skills and knowledge that history students will have gained during their studies. Trips on this course include a trip to London to visit the Natural History Museum and other sights and a trip to New York and Washington to see sights such as the United Nations.

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What are the entry requirements?

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 5 or above including maths and English Language, in subjects relevant to your A Level or A+ Programme subject choices.

How is it assessed?

During the course you will be assessed by three formal exams which comprise 80% of your final grade and coursework which will comprise 20% of your grade.

Progression to year 2 will be dependent on successful completion of the first year taking into account Internal Progression Examination results and the Key Assessment Profile throughout the first year.

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

When you have gained your A Level in History you can use it to progress into Higher Education. There are a wide range of undergraduate degrees available in history both locally and further afield. The department has sent students to St Andrews, Kings College, Manchester, UAE, Bristol, Wolverhampton and Lancaster. History can be combined with many other subjects, for example Government and Politics or Law. The sorts of jobs history graduates go on to do are wide ranging including teaching, research, documentary film makers, journalism, marketing, business and many more.

How do I find out more?

If you wish to find out more you can contact Nathan Greenwood, Head of History, by emailing: nathan.greenwood@nscg.ac.uk

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