Exam Board AQA

Why Should I Study This Course?

The unique demands of A Level History afford you the opportunity to embark on a study of a range of events, societies, issues and individuals that have interacted to shape our world.
The history course will include a study of many historical concepts such as power, the notion of historical significance and the idea of change and continuity across different periods of time. A further key aim of the course will be the fostering and demonstrating critical thinking.

Whilst the topics will be new to most students, the skills demanded of AS students are a smooth step up from GCSE. The content of the AS course naturally overlaps the A Level course and so is an excellent stepping stone to the full A Level qualification. For students with an interest in the way the world has developed through the ages and those who enjoy investigation, discovery and debate, this is an excellent vehicle for enhancing those skills.
The history course will include a study of many historical concepts such as power, the notion of historical significance and the idea of change and continuity across different periods of time. A further key aim of the course will be the fostering and demonstrating critical thinking.

The course covers Social, Economic and Political change and how people in Britain and the USA have been affected by change in the short and long term. Through source investigation, debate/discussion, presentations and independent enquiry students will acquire excellent historical skills in order to assess the significance of events, individuals, beliefs and movements from that particular time. They will develop their ability to reach substantiated judgements on key questions in history and how to construct an effective balanced argument. The A level course for Year 13 will have a breadth of study of a significant historical development over a 100 year period, a depth study of a major historical change and a controlled assessment section.

What Kind of Student is This Suitable For?

History is thriving at A Level because it gives students the opportunity to understand the big issues behind today’s headlines, to ask questions and to express their opinions in a variety of ways. If students enjoy active learning through group work, debates and problem solving scenarios, they will certainly enjoy History at this level. It also compliments many other subjects such as English, Geography, Media Studies, Psychology, Philosophy & Ethics and Business Studies.

Course Breakdown

Year 1
Unit 1: Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603–1649.
Unit 2: Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917–1929.

Year 2
Unit 1: Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603–1702.
Unit 2: Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917–1953.
Unit 3: Historical Enquiry.

How is the Course Assessed?

Year 1
Paper 1 – 1½ hour external examination.
Paper 2 – 1½ hour external examination.

Year 2
Paper 1 – 1½ hour external examination.
Paper 2 – 1½ hour external examination.

History Teaching Staff

This course is delivered by:
Mr W Campbell
Mr D Sykes
Mrs L Whilde