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History OCR AS and A Level at Larkmead School

Course description

This is a subject which is now a reformed A level which means that the result of the AS exams does not contribute to the overall A level mark and grade. If a student leaves the course after AS then this new type of AS is worth 40% of the UCAS points of the full A level for University entry in 2017 and beyond. If a student completes the two year A level course then it is only assessment at the end of the second year that counts towards the full A level grade.

Course content


Unit 1 All schools: Y112 England 1900-51

Unit 2 John Mason and Fitzharrys: Y212 American Revolution 1740-1796 Larkmead: Y213 The French Revolution and the rule of Napoleon 1774-1815 



Unit 3 John Mason: Y313 The Ascendancy of France 1610-1715 Fitzharrys: Y314 The Challenge of German Nationalism Larkmead: Y319 Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992

Unit 4 Y100: Independent Investigation John Mason and Fitzharrys: Free choice Larkmead: International Relations in the 1930s


How you will learn (investigations, course work etc.):

We use a variety of learning techniques in the classroom similar to those employed at GCSE. 


Skills you will need:

  • Ability to select and deploy relevant information to support arguments. Independent study skills.
  • Willingness to ask questions and participate in discussion in class.
  • Enjoyment of finding out about past civilizations and cultures.
  • Love of reading.
  • Ability to write coherently and strong literacy skills. Ability to analyse information critically



Entry requirements

To study AS/A Levels you will normally need: A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above.



Unit 1: Source paper 25% of A2, 50% of AS. Unit 2: Essay paper 15% of A2, 50% of AS 


Unit 3: Essay paper 40% of A2

Unit 4: Coursework 20% of A2


Future opportunities

History can teach you to:

  • think
  • understand the world today
  • structure arguments and essays
  • understand people and their behaviour

History will prepare you for university in all sorts of other subjects

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

Key information


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    • Larkmead School is part of the Abingdon 14-19 consortium. As we are part of a consortium, students have the opportunity to select a range of A-level subjects spread across the three Abingdon secondary schools. Each subject is taught by experienced staff with excellent results.


      In addition to academic study, Larkmead sixth form students engage in a Personal development curriculum as well as sessions based on study skills, culture and careers advice. Every student is offered individual advice and guidance about the next phase of their education whether that be university, apprenticeships or paid employment.


      During study periods, students are expected to study in either the designated sixth form area in the Learning Resource Centre or allocated study rooms. Between lessons, students can relax in the sixth-form common room which boasts a range of facilities.


      There is a well-structured enrolment and induction process for students wishing to join the sixth form, starting with a Consortium 16-19 Information Evening as well as a meeting for prospective students in November, followed by a meeting for prospective parents in March, and an induction day in the summer after the GCSE exams are finished. Once students have received their exam results in August, there are a number of enrolment clinic sessions to help students choose their courses and followed by a brief induction period before lessons commence.