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Why study this subject?

Develop your interest in, and enthusiasm for, history. Learn how to make links and comparisons across the past and be able to communicate this in a variety of ways. Build on your understanding of the past through experiencing an exciting, broad and balanced course. Become effective and independent students who are critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds. Develop the ability to ask relevant and significant questions about the past and to research them. History is greatly valued by universities and employers alike because of these skills that you will develop.

Which Examination Board?

AQA

Does the AS count towards the A Level or is it a standalone qualification?

The AS is a standalone qualification. It does not count towards the A Level. You can opt into the AS qualification if you choose to drop this subject at the end of Year 12.

How will you be assessed?

AS

Component 1: Breadth study

What’s assessed?

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.

Assessed

  • written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • two questions (one compulsory)
  • 50 marks
  • 50% of AS

Questions

  • two sections
  • Section A: one compulsory question linked to interpretations (25 marks)
  • Section B: one question from two (25 marks)

Component 2: Depth study

What’s assessed?

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.

Assessed

  • written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • two questions (one compulsory)
  • 50 marks
  • 50% of AS

Questions

  • two sections
  • Section A: one compulsory question linked to primary sources or sources contemporary to the period (30 marks)
  • Section B: two from three essays (2 x 25 marks)

A Level

Component 3: Historical investigation

What’s assessed?

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.

Assessed

  • 3,000 - 3,500 words
  • 40 marks
  • 20% of A-level
  • marked by teachers
  • moderated by AQA

Component 1: Breadth study

What’s assessed?

The study of significant historical developments over a period of around 100 years and associated interpretations.

Assessed

  • written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • three questions (one compulsory)
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of A Level

Questions

  • two sections
  • Section A: one compulsory question linked to historical interpretations (30 marks)
  • Section B: two from three essays (2 x 25 marks)

Component 2: Depth study

What’s assessed?

The study in depth of a Period of major historical change or development and associated primary evidence.

  • written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • three questions (one compulsory)
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of A Level

What is the outline content over 2 years?

Year 12

  • Consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty: England, 1485-1547
  • Henry VII, 1485-1509
  • Henry VIII, 1509-1547
  • Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918-1945
  • The Establishment and early years of Weimar, 1918-1924
  • The‘Golden Age’ of the Weimar Republic, 1924-1928
  • The Collapse of Democracy, 1928-1933
  • Non examined unit (Personal investigation)
  • The status of African Americans in the USA 1860-1980

Year 13

  • England: turmoil and triumph, 1547-1603
  • Instability and consolidation: ‘the Mid-Tudor Crisis’, 154-1563 (A Level only)
  • The triumph of Elizabeth, 1563-1603)
  • Part two: Nazi Germany, 1933-1945
  • The Nazi Dictatorship, 1933-1939 (A Level only)
  • The Racial State, 1933-1941 (A Level only)
  • The impact of War, 1939-1945 (A Level only)
  • Non examined unit (Personal investigation)
  • The status of African Americans in the USA 1860-1980