History: A Level

Who do I speak to? Mrs. Miller, Ms. McGirr or Mr. Richardson

Why study History?

• Studying History demands an ability to examine evidence closely, evaluate the merits of different arguments and reach substantiated conclusions. It helps us understand the world we live in and how events and people have influenced the world around us

• Reading History gives an awareness of the extent to which our views of the past are shaped by our concerns in the present and of how historians can construct very different narratives and reach quite different conclusions while agreeing about much of the factual detail

• Writing History provides training in producing effective essays which follow a clear line of argument in support of a point of view.

What’s it all about?

• You will need to show that you can interpret primary evidence, evaluate different interpretations of events and, at full A Level, carry out a substantial piece of research

There are 3 parts to the proposed AQA A level; a depth study, a breadth study and an individual study. The proposed depth study would look at Britain between 1951 and 2007 focusing on government and opposition, class, social division and cultural change, while the breadth study would investigate how the USA emerged as a global superpower in the mid-20th century, tracing its history back to the end of the Civil War in 1865. The individual study would be based on crime and punishment and would be designed to encourage independent learning.

When will I be assessed?

The AS level qualification is taken at the end of Year 12. There are two exams, each worth 50% of the mark. Each paper requires you to answer two 25 mark questions

• The full A Level qualification has two exams in Year 13. Papers 1 and 2 are each worth 40% of the overall A Level mark. The coursework is also completed in Year 13 and is worth 20% of the A Level mark

• All exams will take place at the end of the course; therefore if you are only studying the AS level qualification the two exams will be at the end of Year 12. If you are studying the full A Level qualification you will sit two exams and complete your coursework at the end of Year 13.

What could it lead to?

• Further study at university. History A level is recognized as a valuable qualification by all British universities including Oxbridge and the Russell Group

• Employment in a wide range of careers. It’s a little known fact that more top managers in business have History degrees than any other single subject qualification. The skills at the heart of History, particularly the ability to weigh up evidence, are eminently transferable and valued in a far wider context than the purely academic

• Lifelong interest and passion!

Additional entry requirements?

• Students require at least a C grade in GCSE History and a C in GCSE English Language.