History

Why should I choose this subject?

This course provides a natural progression for students who have already studied History before. It offers a great variety of topics, which will give students a balanced overview of events in 20th Century. It also gives students the best chance of success in exams as it provides a choice of question in every unit.

Students gain a knowledge and understanding of History. Successful candidates gain lifelong skills including: • assessing different interpretations of an argument

• formulating their own ideas about a subject

• presenting clear and logical arguments

• evaluating historical evidence

• developing an understanding of historical concepts such as cause and effect, similarity and difference and continuity and change.

Course outline:

EDEXCEL International AS and A Level History is a flexible and wide-ranging course covering modern history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The emphasis is on both historical knowledge and on the skills required for historical research. During the course, students develop an understanding of cause and effect, continuity and change, similarity and difference, and use historical evidence as part of their studies.

At AS students can select from topics on European, American or International history. 

At A Level students can select from topics on European, American, African, Southeast Asian and International history.

The syllabus aims to develop:

• an interest in the past and an appreciation of human endeavour

• a greater knowledge and understanding of historical periods or themes

• a greater awareness of historical concepts such as cause and effect, similarity and difference, and change and continuity

• an appreciation of the nature and diversity of historical sources available, and the methods used by historians

• an exploration of a variety of approaches to different aspects of history and different interpretations of particular historical issues

• the ability to think independently and make informed judgements on issues • an empathy with people living in different places and at different times

• a firm foundation for further study of History.