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History AQA A Level (Linear) at Poynton High School

Course description

The course aims to give students a chance to explore key areas of British and European History that are both significant and interesting and gain a deep understanding of historical developments.
 
At AS level there are two examined components. The first is a breadth study looking at The Tudors from 1485-1547. The second component is a depth study on a key period of European history; students can choose to do either:
 
  • Germany from 1918-1933 looking at democracy in Germany after WW1 and the rise of the Nazis, or
  • Russia from 1917-1929 which will look at the fall of the Tsars and the creation of Communism under Lenin.
 
At A level there are also two examined components. The first is a breadth study looking at The Tudors from 1485-1603. The second component is a depth study on a key period of European history; this will be focused on Germany from 1918-1945 or Russia from 1917-1953. There is also a third component at A level which is assessed through coursework. Students will complete a 3000 word personal study based upon a topic in British, European or world history.

Course content

Learning Method:
 
Students will be taught by two members of staff, each specialising in British or European History. A range of techniques are used and students will experience a variety of learning styles from note-taking and class discussion to group work and individual research.
 
Students may get the opportunity to go on a trip to London to enhance their understanding of the Tudors by visiting such sites at Westminster Abbey and Hampton Court Palace.

Entry requirements

  • 5 Grade Cs or above at GCSE, including a B or above in History if taken at GCSE and a grade B in English Language or Literature if not previously studied.

Assessment

AS
 
Component 1: British study 50% of AS
Component 2: European study 50% of AS
 
A Level
 
Component 1: British study 40% of A level
Component 2: European study 40% of A level
Component 3: Historical investigation 20% of A level

Future opportunities

Our students go on to a wide variety of things, not just History! The analytical and written skills you acquire will give access to a diverse range of courses and jobs, English, Politics, Journalism, Law and Tourism to name but a few.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Poynton High School directly.

Last updated date: 19 September 2016

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