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Exam Board: AQA History

About

‘Historians have an education that trains their minds to assemble, organise and present information and opinions. This is a very useful quality in life and careers… History is an excellent preparation for very many other jobs.’
(Which? Magazine)

History at AS and A Level will enable you to acquire valuable skills that can be applied to all professions and career paths in your future. You will learn and practise skills of analysis and criticism whilst studying British, European and World History giving you a broad knowledge base of the world around you. You will touch on topics you have previously studied, whilst also learning about new people and countries. Everything studied over the two years will help you to appreciate the world you live in and how the modern world is a product of it’s past.

As an academic subject, History enables you to develop practical and critical skills whilst also gaining an understanding of new areas of History, demonstrating the ability to learn, synthesise and apply new ideas and theories. History is considered by many employers to be good preparation for the everyday challenges of team work, analysis and planning and a large number of the FTSE 100 Managing Directors have History to at least A Level.

Assessment

The AS element is in the form of two written exams, each worth 50% of the AS mark, they are standalone qualifications and do not count towards the full A level. The A2 units are a coursework unit worth 20% of the A2 mark and 2 x 150 minute written papers each worth 40% of the overall mark.

Teaching Units, Assessment Method and Weighting

A Level Unit and Content Assessment Method Weighting

Unit 1 1E Russia in the Age of Absolutism and Enlightenment, 1682–1796 Breadth study

Part 1  Peter the Great and Russia, 1682–1725.

Establishing authority, 1682–1707.

Increasing the glory of Russia, 1707–1725.

2 hours 30 minutes written exam, three questions (one compulsory)

Section A – one compulsory question linked to historical interpretations.

Section B – two from four essays
AS - 50%
A2 - 25%

Unit 2  2T The Making of Modern Britain, 1951–2007 Depth study

Part One: Building a new Britain, 1951–1979,

The Affluent Society, 1951–1964,

The Sixties, 1964–1970,

The End of Post-War Consensus, 1970–1979

2 hours 30 minutes written exam, three questions (one compulsory)

Section A – one compulsory question linked to primary sources or sources contemporary to the period

Section B – two from three essays
AS - 50%
A2 - 25%

Unit 1 1E Russia in the Age of Absolutism and Enlightenment, 1682–1796

Part Two: Enlightenment Russia, 1725–1796

The Epoch of Palace Coups, 1725–1762

Catherine the Great and Russia, 1762–1796

2 hours 30 minutes written exam, three questions (one compulsory)

Section A – one compulsory question linked to primary sources or sources contemporary to the period.

Section B – two from three essays
A2 - 20%

Unit 2 2T The Making of Modern Britain, 1951–2007

Part Two: Modern Britain, 1979–2007

The Impact of Thatcherism, 1979–1987

Towards a new Consensus, 1987–1997

The Era of New Labour, 1997–2007

2 hours 30 minutes written exam, three questions (one compulsory)

Section A – one compulsory question linked to primary sources or sources contemporary to the period.

Section B – two from three essays
A2 - 30%

Unit 3: Historical InvestigationA personal study based on a topic of student's choice

Coursework –  3000-3500 word enquiry marked by the department and then moderated by the examiners

A2 - 20%

Complementary Subjects to study at AS

English Literature, Critical Thinking, Geography, the Sciences and Maths.

Student Views

“The fantastic thing about History is that a window is always open and a door is never closed. History has enabled me to learn about my world in light of the past and this has made me want to further my knowledge of the subject at University. In future, I would love to continue doing the thing I love most, anything History related.
Richard Yr 13 (2010)

“I picked History because I understand the importance of being able to argue for and against any situation and History teaches the importance of constructing a valid argument and presenting it correctly, which is an extremely important life skill. History can take me to many places as the skills it teaches are very important to employers. It can lead to many places in not only historically based jobs, but also journalism and politics.”
Nathan Yr 13 (2010)

“I find it really interesting to learn about the past. I hope to get a good grade in it as it will help me to get into University. It will look good to have History A Level because it is a hard subject to do”
Vicky Yr 12 (2010)

“History is going to be useful because it teaches us about ourselves and how to avoid the same mistakes that others have made before us and it is one of the few A Levels that all employers like.”
Tom Yr 12 (2010)

“I chose History because I enjoyed the subject at GCSE. I also liked the teachers and that there would be different topics and skills taught at AS and A Level. This year there is a lot more work but if you keep on top of it, it’s more enjoyable because you understand how all the factors lead to an event.”
Sarah Yr 12 (2010)

Career Pathways

By studying History at AS you are opening up a diverse range of career and further education opportunities including:

  • Advertising, Marketing and PR
  • Accountancy and Business
  • Police and the Law
  • Journalism and Communications
  • Political, Social and Business Analysis
  • Research for private companies, government departments and universities

Further Information

For any further information or to discuss your option ideas, please see Mr Dyson (Senior tutor Sixth form), Mr Price (KS5 co-ordinator) or Mr Marsland (Head of History).  We can be found in Lower School or you can contact us on the school email: j.dyson, s.price, r.marsland @greatbarr.bham.sch.uk


 
 
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