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History AS and A Level at Whitmore High School

Course description

Who is the course for?

For students with a real interest and enthusiasm for History. 

Course content

AS History consists of two units, which are linked by the common theme of a search for rights, freedom and greater equality

Paper 1 is based on the breadth study: “In search of the American Dream: the USA, c1917-96”.

Paper 2 is based on the depth study: “South Africa, 1948-94; from apartheid state to “rainbow nation” ”.

In the USA the quest for political, social and economic advancement looked mainly to reform existing structures. In South Africa this quest led to more radical outcomes, bringing an end to the apartheid regime.

Each AS unit is assessed through an exam in May/June of Year 12. Both papers consist of essay questions, whilst Paper 1 also includes a question on historical interpretations, and Paper 2 includes questions on source evaluation. 

 

A Level History consists of four units, two of these being the AS units described above.

In addition to these units, students must study one unit (Paper 3) that investigates a period of one hundred years of British history, with two aspects studied in breadth and four aspects studied in depth. The other unit (Paper 4) is a coursework unit, a single assignment on a question set by the school.

All 3 examination papers must be taken in May/June of Year 13. All 3 papers consist of essay questions, whilst Paper 1 also includes a question on historical interpretations, and Paper 2 and Paper 3 include questions on source evaluation. The coursework unit must be undertaken during Year 13 involves an independent enquiry that involves analysing and evaluating historical interpretations. 

 

Assessment

How will I be assessed?

AS - two written examinations at the end of Yr 12.

A Level - three written examination at the end of Yr 13 (80%). You will also produce one piece of coursework (20%).

 

Date(s) of Assessment

May/June. 

Future opportunities

History is a highly respected academic subject and a very sound basis for a number of professional careers. A History degree can lead to careers in law, media, journalism as well as teaching.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 December 2016

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