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History A and AS Level at William Howard School

Course description

Why you should follow this course 

Above all because we hope you will enjoy it.

Much has been written about the study of History. Here is a selection of comments:

  “History is a combination of reality and lies”

 “That men do not learn very much from the lessons of History is the most    important    of all lessons that History has to teach"

  “The study of History is not only useful to society, it is essential”

There is some truth in all of these statements – take your pick!

Studying History is a fascinating experience which can fire your imagination. Arguably, without a knowledge of the past you cannot understand the present. Whatever your reasons for studying the past you will develop skills and approaches which will help you in many careers.

Discussion based lessons will be the norm, using a wide variety of resources and sources of information in addition to textbooks. You will be taught how to answer essay type questions and how to interpret and evaluate historical source material. You will be expected to read widely and develop an enquiring and critical approach to what you read. 

The History Department has a developing site on the school intranet. This is seen as an integral part of A level study at William Howard and students will be expected to make use of it in their studies.

Course content

AS COURSE CONTENT & ASSESSMENT

Component 1: Breadth Study

1C The Tudors: England, 1485-1547

Part 1: Consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty: England 1485- 1547

An investigation of the reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII.

Exam: 1 hour 30 minutes; 50% of AS marks

Component 2: Depth Study

2Q The American Dream: Reality and Illusion, 1945-1963

Part 1: Prosperity, Inequity and Superpower status, 1945- 1963

An investigation of the era of President Truman and Post-war USA; the policies of President Eisenhower and periods of Crisis; the policies of John F Kennedy and the ‘New Frontier.’

Exam: 1 hour 30 minutes; 50% of AS marks.

 

A2 COURSE CONTENT & ASSESSMENT

Component 1: Breadth Study

1C The Tudors: England, 1485-1603

Part 2 : England: Turmoil and Triumph, 1547-1603

An investigation of ‘the Mid-Tudor Crisis’, 1547-1563 and the triumph of Elizabeth, 1563-1603.

Exam: 2 hours 30 minutes; 40% of A-Level marks

Component 2: Depth Study

2Q The American Dream: Reality and Illusion, 1945-1980

Part 2: Challenges to the American Dream, 1963-1980

An investigation into the Johnson, Nixon and post Nixon Presidencies and the challenges faced during each period.

Exam: 2 hours 30 minutes; 40% of A-Level marks

Component 3: Historical Investigation [non-exam assessment]

This is a historical enquiry of approximately 3000-3500 words. The study will focus on Political Change in Eastern and Central Europe, 1903-2004, or India in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Students will choose their own question based on a theme from within these two one hundred year periods.

Internally assessed and moderated by AQA; 20% of A-Level

Assessment

All assessments will take place in the summer exam period as stated in the contents and assessment section.

Future opportunities

History teaches you to think in a combination of ways: using evidence to back up an argument, detecting bias and communicating in a concise and relevant style. Many careers thus welcome the trained minds of historians.

History can be studied at most universities as a single subject or as part of a joint or combined degree with, for example, Economics, Politics, English or a Foreign Language. As well as for specialist careers in museum or archive work, the study of History provides a good training for careers in Journalism, Broadcasting, Industry and Commerce.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 October 2016
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