History A Level at Waddesdon CofE School
History at AS/A-level is for those who have a strong interest in History, Politics and global affairs. They should want to know why the world is as it is and how it is has been shaped by the past. They should have a passion for enquiry and argument and an insatiable appetite for reading. They need an analytical, questioning mind, and the confidence to express their opinions in class discussion, backed up by historical evidence. Students will need to take notes independently from a wide range of sources and if continuing the course at A-level students must complete a demanding personal study on a topic of student’s choice as part of their Historical Investigation component.
This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:
How it is assessed: a written exam of 1 hour 30 minutes comprising of two questions (one compulsory) which is worth 50% of AS-Level
This option provides for the study in depth of the evolving course of international relations during an era of tension between communist and capitalist powers which threatened nuclear Armageddon. It explores concepts such as communism and anti-communism, aggression and détente and also encourages students to reflect on the power of modern military technology, what hastens confrontation and what forces promote peace in the modern world.
The full A-Level is started at the beginning of Year 12 and is a continuation of the AS study. The A-level consists of three components, the first two components are the same as at AS with component 1 as a breadth study and component 2 as a depth study, however, the time period studied is extended.
How it is assessed: an essay of 3000-3500 words worth 20% of the full A-Level, marked by teachers and moderated by AQA
The additional component at A-Level is the Historical Investigation which is a non-exam assessment. Students will be required to identify an issue they wish to study and develop a question from this issue which will be the focus of the Historical Investigation. To ensure that this represents a substantial study, the issue to be investigated has to be placed in the context of approximately 100 years. It must not duplicate the content studied for Components 1 or 2. Students may study a specific issue or development in depth, but this must be placed in the context of approximately 100 years, or a broader theme and/or development. Issues which relate to international, national or local developments are appropriate, as are investigations which adopt specific historical perspectives such as cultural, social or technological. Through undertaking the Historical Investigation, students will develop an enhanced understanding of the nature and purpose of history as a discipline and how historians work. They will broaden their study of the past whilst having the opportunity to study a specific issue in great depth.
Students need to have studied History at GCSE and achieved a B or higher in History and English Language.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Waddesdon CofE School directly.