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History A Level at The Abbey School

Course description

Exam Board – Edexcel

Unit 1 - Breadth study with interpretations - Option 1G: Germany and West Germany, 1918–89

Unit 2 - Depth Study - Option 2G.1: The rise and fall of fascism in Italy, c1911–46

Unit 3 - Paper 3- Aspects in breadth and depth - Option 35.1 – Britain: losing and gaining an Empire, 1763-1914

Unit 4 – Coursework – Origins of the Cold War.

Entry requirements

5 9-4 GCSEs or equivalent

6 in GCSE History OR Grade 6 in GCSE English Language and Literature if GCSE History not studied.

Assessment

Unit 1

Written examination, lasting 2 hours 15 minutes (60 marks).

● Students answer three questions: one from Section A, one from Section B and one from Section C.

● Sections A and B comprise a choice of essays that assess understanding of the period in breadth (AO1).

● Section C comprises one compulsory question that assesses the ability to analyse and evaluate historical interpretations (AO3).

Unit 2

Written examination, lasting 1 hour 30 minutes (40 marks).

● Students answer two questions: one from Section A and one from Section B.

● Section A comprises one compulsory question for the option studied, based on two sources. It assesses source analysis and evaluation skills (AO2).

● Section B comprises a choice of essays that assess understanding of the period in depth (AO1).

Unit 3

Written examination, lasting 2 hours 15 minutes (60 marks).

● Students answer three questions: one from Section A, one from Section B and one from Section C.

● Section A comprises one compulsory question for the option studied, assessing source analysis and evaluation skills (AO2).

● Section B comprises a choice of essays that assess understanding of the period in depth (AO1).

● Section C comprises a choice of essays that assess understanding of the period in breadth (AO1).

Unit 4 – Coursework

Students complete a single 4000 word assignment on a question set by the teacher on the Cold War

● The assignment will assess the ability to analyse and evaluate historical interpretations (AO3).

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other A-level courses which could lead onto higher education in History or countless other subjects such as English, American Studies, Politics, Archaeology or more general degree courses.

You will also develop the following:

  • Investigative skills
  • The ability to analyse evidence, develop an argument and justify your views
  • A wider historical knowledge.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification please contact Mr G Storey.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 01 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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