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One of the key objectives of the History Department at Kent College is to inspire pupils with a love of History so that they can develop a life-long enthusiasm for the subject and recognise the relevance to the present of past events and people.

The study of History provides pupils with the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, many of which are transferable to other areas of their lives.  Independent research is encouraged, and in all their studies pupils are required to select relevant information, assess the strengths and weaknesses of source material, form coherent arguments and enter into a debate.  The skills of essay and report writing and use of ICT are developed in all years and pupils are given the opportunity to work both as individuals and in groups.

A range of trips designed to enhance their studies is undertaken by all key stages, including visits to Lewes Castle, Chatham Dockyards, Berlin and the First World War battlefields. A level students attend day courses in London conducted by University professors and lecturers and occasionally travel further afield to the National Archives at Kew.

AS/A2 level History

History at Advanced level is viewed as a demanding and highly respected subject by Universities and is a popular choice at Kent College with a number of our students going on to read it at University.  A study of history at A level helps to cultivate the essential skills of written and oral debate, critical analysis and independence of thought.  It provides a valuable foundation for many careers including the law, journalism, advertising, the civil service and the armed forces as well as subject specific professions such as university lecturer, school teacher, archivist and museum curator.  We normally expect that our A level students have at least an A or B grade in history at IGCSE, but we also welcome students who gave up history in year 9 and want to take it up again in the Sixth Form.  They need to demonstrate their skills of literacy and language by having good GCSE passes in English and a humanity subject.

The A-level is compromised of the following units: 

Lower Sixth  

Unit 1: In search of the American Dream: the USA, c1917-96

Unit 2: South Africa, 1948 – 94: from apartheid state to ‘rainbow nation.’ 

Upper Sixth 

Unit 3: Protest, agitation and parliamentary reform in Britain, c1780 – 1928

Unit 4: Civil Rights in the USA. Coursework. Historical Enquiry - coursework assignment, producing one essay of no more than 4000 words in total.

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