A-level History

A-level History

History isn’t a subject that is stuck in the past, far from it. Historical events are what have shaped society worldwide into what it is today.

Take the Magna Carta as a case in point. Signed in 1215, it was a charter which covered topics like taxes and citizen’s rights. But it didn’t exist in isolation. The Magna Carta wouldn’t have happened without the Norman conquest of 1066. And there is a direct line between the Magna Carta and the United States constitution which was signed in 1787. And of course the US Constitution is a role model for governance even today.

The A -level History course has been designed to help you understand the value and significance of world events in the past. In the process you’ll gain a deeper understanding of social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity. Knowing how people lived in the past helps to understand why people act like they do today.
In the first year, which counts as an AS-level, you’ll cover two themes which are fundamental to the whole subject of history. The first is a breadth study of significant historical developments and associated historical interpretations over an approximate 50 year period. The second is a depth study, which looks at significant periods of history and it really is all about change … how wars, catastrophes, laws, policies, actions or inventions changed the way people live.

In the second year there is a further breadth study along with another depth study. Students will also be required to write an extended essay of between 3,000 and 3,500 words on a topic of their own choice.

Course Content

Year 1 (AS level)
Component 1: Breadth Study – The Tudors: England 1485-1547 (50% of AS)
Component 2: Depth Study – Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-1933 (50% of AS)
Assessed by a 1 hour 30 minutes written exam for each component

Year 2 (A level)
Component 1 continued: Breadth Study – The Tudors: England 1547-1603
Component 2 continued: Depth Study – Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1933-1945
Component 3: Historical Investigation – Extended essay (Student choice)

Assessment

3 components
Component 1 & 2 (40% of A level)
Both assessed by a 2 hour 30 minutes written exam on topics studied in both year 1 and year 2.
 
Component 3 (20% of A level)
Marked by your History teacher and moderated by the AQA exam board.

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