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History

AQA History

What is the course about? This A level aims to promote understanding of the past and the value of historical study. It picks up on skills developed in GCSE but it is possible to take History without having covered it at GCSE.

 

How will I be assessed?

Year 12: The AS course or the first part of the A level.

Component 1: The Breath Study: The Consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty 1485-1547

1h 30min exam; total of 60 marks; 2 questions; 50% of the AS

This paper examines the ability to apply knowledge and demonstrate understanding of the significant historical developments over a period of 50 years. The 2 questions involve both essay style answers and the understanding of historical interpretations.

Component 2: The Depth Study: USA Conflict at Home: US Civil Rights, 1945-76

1h 30m exam; total of 60 marks; 2 questions; 50% of the AS

This paper examines the ability to explain historical change or development and interpret associated primary evidence. Again one source based compulsory question and an essay style answer, chosen from a list of 2.

Year 13: The second part of the A level course. The examinations at the end of the second year will test content taught in both year 12 and year 13.

Component 1: The Breath Study: England 1547-1603: Triumph and Turmoil

2h 30min exam; total of 80 marks; 3 questions 40% of the A level

The styles of questions are similar to those on the AS paper; one is a compulsory question based on historical interpretations. Then two essay style questions chosen from a list of four.

Component 2: The Depth Study: USA Conflict at Abroad: America and Vietnam, 1945-1975

2h 30min exam; total of 80 marks; 3 questions 40% of the A level

One compulsory source based question and then two essay questions, chosen from a list of three.

Component 3: Historical Investigation

Independently written; 3000-3500 words; 20% of the A Level; marked by the class teacher and moderated by AQA.

This unit is designed for students to investigate a period and topic of their choice. They are required to use both primary and secondary sources to analyse an issue that has varying interpretations.

How will this course help me in the future?

History is valued for its depth of study which requires analytical skills to reach conclusions using information and sources. It is a ‘high profile’ subject which can contribute to success in many fields including law, journalism, and the media. It is also evidence of a high level of achievement which is required for a number of courses at college or university, and also by employers, even though the course or employment may not appear connected with History. Also A level History gives students an excellent understanding of the development of the culture of Britain and Europe and the wider world.


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