a level historyWatch
Hiya!! I’m glad you’re taking History, not to be biased but I’m in year 12 and love it so much more than I did at GCSE, so if you already enjoy it you defo will next year!! okay so, across the two years you do a breadth study (usually spans 100 years of history) e.g. America from 1865-1975 like my school, including society, the economy, politics/elections, both world wars, etc, then a depth study (usually 50 years or so) e.g. we do the Wars of the Roses 1455-90. Then I believe it’s usually at the start of year 13, but we’ve started now given the circumstances, you’ll either come up with one yourself or be given a coursework question on a completely different time period, although we’re doing the Tudors from the very end of Henry VII’s reign to Elizabeth I because it’s like continuing the Wars of the Roses course - the question cannot overlap from your main courses though, but try not to worry about any of that yet!! In terms of the exams, for both the USA and the Wars of the Roses, so the breadth and depth study, you have to pick 2 out of 3 25 markers to answer which will be along the lines...”World War One was the main reason for the Twenties Boom in America. Assess the validity of this view”, alongside a 30 marker which provides 3 sources, either from contemporary or modern historians, and you have to determine how valid each source is based on your own knowledge and it’s great if you can add anything they’re missing or correct any errors!! We haven’t done any 30 markers yet, so try not to worry about those either. Good luck, you’ll really enjoy it I’m sure Do you know what topics you’re studying?
on my sixth form prospectus, this is what it says -
hey, i am going to be starting a level history in september and was wondering if anyone could explain the course work unit to me please
If you're meaning the 'historical investigation' section, I think it's very much up to the teacher to decide how its conducted. For example, my class studied Wars and Welfare: Britain in Transition, 1906–1957 and The making of a Superpower: USA, 1865–1975. For our 'historical investigation' our teachers supplied about 10 questions that were nothing like the topics we were studying. (I think one was about Napoleon? It's been a long time since haha)
My teachers also said that if we had some other ideas we could talk to them about it, and pick our own question, which is what I did. I suppose some teachers might not be this lenient or provide so many questions to choose from. This 'investigation' will be about 3500-4500 words so if you can, choose a topic that you're interested in otherwise it will be a very long and boring time!
Hope that hopes a little!
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