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History A-level

This humanities subject is a good choice if your chosen career will require good written and verbal communication. Apart from increasing your knowledge this course will help develop your research skills. You will need to read source material, draw out inferences, make connections and argue a case. You will be taught a range of historic areas of study from our experienced staff.

The course involves a number of historical trips including some overseas. We also work in partnership with local charities. Opportunities include teaching English to the families of ex-Gurkhas with SSAFA Forces Help and fundraising for a memorial with The Trooper Potts VC Trust.

This course can be studied as part of the Arts Pathway and the Humanities Pathway.

What do I learn?
Whilst studying the History AS level you will learn about Britain and Europe during the 20th Century. The particular focus will be upon decolonisation and Africa, plus Britain’s relations with India.

Your study will include the following
• unit 1: Britain, the scramble for Africa and retreat from empire decolonisation 1957-1981
• unit 2: Britain and the nationalist challenge in India
• unit 3: A world divided: Superpower relations 1944-1990
• unit 4: The Middle East and the Arab Israeli conflict, 1900-2001 (compulsory coursework unit).

You will learn through a range of enjoyable and interesting activities and areas of study. The assessment will be mainly through timed examinations with coursework in the second year.
What do I gain?
Your History AS level can be a stand-alone qualification or lead on to A2 study. Your study may involve an overseas residential trip to places of historical interest. You will explore local historical sites and view historical manuscripts.

You will have your own specialist personal tutor who you will meet individually or as part of a group tutorial and they will help you set review and achieve your targets. There is an extensive programme of support to help you make higher education decisions and move on to university. The vast majority of A level students progress successfully to higher education.

There is an extensive programme of enrichment opportunities on offer and you will be encouraged to select from a range including volunteering, work experience, sport and performing.
What do I need?
Minimum six academic GCSEs at A*-C (4) including English Language and Maths but excluding PE, Dance, Catering i.e. subjects with a large practical component.

For this subject you will also need Minimum grade 5 in GCSE English (either Lang or Lit).
What do I gain?
You could progress on to higher level study including politics, international relations, archaeology and anthropology degree courses, or seek employment in roles such as a researcher or data analyst.
What else do I need to know?
For more information on International entries, please contact international@activatelearning.ac.uk.

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Location :

2SFALVL14R Full-time Kings Road, Reading

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Start Date :

Monday 03 September 2018

End Date :

Wednesday 24 June 2020
2 Years
   

Please note – Fees may be subject to change

 

case study

Chinese student Qi Wang (known as Emma) was living in Australia when she decided that a UK education would help her towards her future career. 
 
Having done her research, Emma realised that the UK education system was more rigorous academically and a better fit for her future ambition of studying maths or statistics at the University of Cambridge. She is now studying the Science A-levels Pathway (Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths) at Reading College, part of Activate Learning.  
 
Emma found out about Reading College through her agent. She was impressed by the list of universities that previous students had gone to, such as Oxford, Cambridge and UCL, combined with the lively atmosphere and the excellent transport links to London and Heathrow Airport.
 
Emma said: “My teachers are really knowledgeable and helpful, especially my tutor Anna. They are very organised, too. We do lots of mock exams, which is helpful. I ask a lot of extra questions after class and they are always very patient and help me.”
 
“The A-level managers and staff helped me to apply to the UCL summer schools and advised me about how best to write my statements – I got a place! The library staff are also really helpful. I like the quiet study room and spend quite a bit of time there when I am not in lessons.”
 
During her time at Reading College, Emma has also got involved with the Students’ Union and volunteered at open events. She said: “I had the opportunity to talk to lots of different people, which I enjoy. It helps me with my English, as well as learning more about British culture.” 
 
She also won several awards at the A-level Star Awards, including the Further Maths and Physics Awards. Her Physics tutor said: “Emma's thirst for knowledge, her self-motivation to improve and achieve her maximum potential and her work ethics are outstanding. Emma achieved a Silver Award on the AS Physics Olympiad Challenge. Just two marks off a Gold!” Emma also won an award for ‘biggest contribution to college life’.
 
Coming to live and study in England away from her parents has helped Emma become more independent, preparing her for life at university. She lives with a host family who are very friendly. She has learnt to do things like open a bank account and learnt about British culture and everyday life.
 
Emma said: “I would recommend Reading College. Living in an English environment and meeting English people every day is far better than being at a language school. If you want to come abroad to study, an Activate Learning college will give you more opportunities to improve your English.”
 
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