The course will be delivered through a range of interactive lectures and practical sessions which will involve group debate and discussion. The coursework sessions will be in a workshop style format, where you will work both independently and in a group to complete project work. You may have the opportunity to go on a number of linked trips. At present there is a proposed trip planned to Cosford Museum and a trip to the Imperial War Museum, in London. You will be assessed throughout the course via, essays, presentations, reports and independent research. You will have two exams in year one and two exams and a research project in year two. At least a grade D at AS is necessary to progress to year two. As part of your study programme, all students are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours work experience in both year one and two. This will help develop the personal qualities and skills required by universities and employers.
Component 1: The making of Modern Britain 1951-1979
• The study of significant historical developments over a period of around 50 years and associated historical interpretations
• Assessment: Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes including two questions (one compulsory), worth 50 marks and 50% of AS Component 2: Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1918
• This involves the in-depth study of a major historical change or development and associated primary evidence
• Assessment: Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes including two questions (one compulsory), worth 50 marks and 50% of AS A Level: Component 1: The Making of Modern Britain 1951-2007
• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes including three questions (one compulsory), worth 80 marks and 40% of full A Level Component 2: Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1964
• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes including three questions (one compulsory), worth 80 marks and 40% of full A-level Component 3: Historical Investigation worth 20% of the full A level
• A personal study based on a topic of your choice. This should take the form of a question in the context of approximately 100 years. It must not duplicate the content of options chosen for Components 1 and 2.
• Assessment: 3000–3500 words on topic of student’s choice, worth 40 marks and 20% of A-level. It is marked by your teacher and moderated by AQA. Through the topics studied in Components 1, 2 and 3 (Historical investigation), you must cover a chronological range of at least 200 years. History year 1 contains 2 units, an additional 2 units are completed for the full A-level programme of study.
You will need 5 curriculum GCSEs grades 4 or above, two must be at grade 6 and include GCSE English language.
A study of history enables you to understand the world we live in today and why and how it came about. Writing essays for history will develop your academic skills and supports logical thinking. These skills are transferable across a range of professions, such as: journalism, law, politics, business and a variety of roles within the civil service.