The entry requirement for A-level History at Sheffield Park Academy is a Grade 4 (preferably 5) in GCSE History and a Grade 4 (preferably 5) in GCSE English.
History fires pupils’ curiosity and imagination, moving and inspiring them with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. It helps pupils develop their own identities through an understanding of History at national and international levels. It helps them to ask and answer questions of the present by engaging with the past. Pupils find out about the History of Britain, Europe and the wider world. They will develop a chronological overview that enables them to make connections within and across different periods and societies. They investigate Britain’s relationships with the wider world, and relate past events to the present day. As they develop their understanding of the nature of historical study, pupils ask and answer important questions, evaluate evidence, identify and analyse different interpretations of the past, and learn to substantiate any arguments and judgements they make. We hope students will appreciate why they are learning what they are learning and can debate its significance. History prepares pupils for the future, equipping them with knowledge and skills that are prized in adult life, enhancing employability and developing an ability to take part in a democratic society. It encourages mutual understanding of the historic origins of our ethnic and cultural diversity, and helps pupils become confident and questioning individuals.
Studying A-level History at Sheffield Park Academy, you will cover the following:
- Topic 1 – Coursework - Students choose a historical topic they are interested in and complete an academic work analysing different Historians' views on their topic.
- Topic 2 – Paper 1: Breadth study with interpretations - In search of the American Dream: The USA, c1917–96
- Topic 3 - The British experience of warfare, c1790–1918
- Topic 4 - South Africa, 1948–94: from apartheid state to ‘rainbow nation’
The topics have been chosen specifically as those which will be most engaging for students, be most meaningful to relate to current events and provide students with the qualification to help them with their next step into either higher education or employment. History is a challenging A-Level which involves extended writing and reading. However is a prestigious qualification as it demonstrates literary eloquence, good communication skills and a strong work ethic.
Sheffield Park Academy is an excellent place to study History as you will be taught by passionate, experience, specialists for a minimum of 5 hours per week, with regular out of classroom work set. You will be assessed formally each half term and given diagnostic feedback to enable you to get the best possible grade you can.
Three separate exam papers on USA, South Africa and Warfare. The USA and Warfare papers are both 2 hrs 15 minutes long and The South Africa paper is 1 hr 30 minutes long. The coursework will be completed in your first term by Christmas. Your coursework and The South Africa paper are worth 20% each of your final grade. The USA and Warfare papers are worth 30% each of your final grade.
What students say:
I chose History A-Level because I found it interesting at GCSE and I wanted to choose my own thing to learn about for coursework.
I chose History because I’m good at writing
I chose History because I want to study law at University