History ’A’ Level is based on two main areas of study: Component 1, Britain 1951-2007 Breadth Study’ and Component 2, ‘Depth Study ‘The USSR 1855-1964.These are taken from the AQA exam board. Students develop an understanding of how history has shaped current events and develop an ability to critique a range of historical perspectives and readings as well as to develop rational thinking and to put that into words.
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 research project in year Two. It is current policy to enter students for the free-standing AS examination at the end of the first year of study which covers half of the content of the above components. A good grade at AS is necessary to progress to year two.
Work Experience All students are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours work experience in both year one and year two. This will help develop the personal qualities and skills required by universities and employers.
Component 1 (AS level): The first part of the corresponding full A-level option. This involves 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 (AS level): The first part of the corresponding full A-level option. This involves the study in depth 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.
Advanced Level Component 1: Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes including three questions (one compulsory) worth 80 marks and 40% of full A-level
Component 2: Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes including three questions (one compulsory) worth 80 marks and 40% of full A-level
Component 3: Historical Investigation A personal study based on a topic of student's 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), A-level students 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.
Component 1 The making of Modern Britain 1951-1979 Component 2 Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1918
The Units available in the 2nd year of study are:
Component 1 The Making of Modern Britain 1951-2007 Component 2 Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1964 Component 3 Historical Investigation worth 20% of the full A level
5 GCSEs at grade 5 (C) or above including at least a grade 5 (C) preferably a grade 6 (B) in your GCSE English language. History goes well with most other subjects. Students who have not studied History before will be considered but need to achieve a 6 (B) grade or above in English.
A study of history enables you to understand the world we live in today; 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, in business and in a variety of roles within the civil service.