In a few weeks time, many of you will be making decisions regarding your further education, which will have an important bearing on your future career. If you are going to take A-Level courses, the natural end result will be to complete your eductaion at
University, Colleges of Higher Education or to study for some other professional qualification. The purpose of this information is to show how A-Level History might be useful to you in your future career.
History is one of the subjects that has been part of the first phase of introducing the new AS/A level reforms.
The Age of the Crusades - C1071-1204 (Breadth Study)
Royal Authority and the Angevin Kings 1154-1216 (Depth Study)
There will be different exams depending on whether you are following AS or A Level. An AS will be two exams both 1 hour 30 minutes (2 questions one compulsory) at
the end of the first year. At the end of the A Level there will be two exams 2 hours 30 minutes each (3 questions one compulsory) plus a historical investigation (Essay 3500 word length) at the end of the second year of study. The Historical investigation
will focus on Anti-Semitism and Germany, 1848-1945.
General Sixth form criteria is required, including History GCSE. However, we do accept good students who have not taken History at GCSE and they have often done very
well indeed and gone on to study History at University. We will listen to anyone who has an interest in the subject!
It is fairly easy to see the purpose of A-level work in such fields as the Sciences, Mathematics or Languages, but the Arts side of the course
is less clearly defined. A-level studies in any field are designed so that you may study particular areas in depth. This develops intellectual processes necessary for clear, critical thinking. In other words, you develop a trained mind.
History enables you to acquire these skills. History is about people and their customs. History is about government, politics, economics, work,
and social life. It provides a study of peoples’ weaknesses and strengths. Remember, everything that has happened in history has been decided by somebody - whether for good or ill - things don’t happen by chance. A study of history, then, enables one to select
and interpret facts, and this skill is valuable - and is recognised as being valuable - in a wide variety of careers.
Teaching is an obvious choice, along with such careers as archivists, archaeologists, museum work, librarianship, and so on. However, a good qualification in History
is also very acceptable throughout industry, commerce and government. To name a few, qualifications in History are acceptable in such careers as the
Civil Service, Local Government, Social Work, Journalism, Publishing, Personnel Management, Business Management, Banking, Insurance and Law.
There are many other openings, details of which can be seen in the school library.