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Overview

History A Level is based on two main areas of study: Britain 1951-2007 (breadth study) and The USSR 1855-1964 (depth study). These are taken from the AQA exam board. On this course you will develop an understanding of how history has shaped current events and develop the ability to critique a range of historical perspectives and readings, as well as to develop rational thinking and to put that into words.

Course description

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.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation and with health and safety of our students as a priority, we have redesigned this course to include a mixture of classroom-based and online learning.

What areas will I study?

AS Level:

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.

Course options

Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 September | 2020/21 - 2 Academic Year(s) Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 (no level 3 qualification) September | 2020/21 - 2 Academic Year(s) Any course under level 4 for 19-23 year olds without a full level 3 qualification is likely to be free, please contact the college for further information
19-23 (with 1 or more level 3 qualifications) September | 2020/21 £724 2 Academic Year(s) You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
24+ September | 2020/21 £724 2 Academic Year(s) You may be eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.