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History A Level at Waddesdon CofE School

Course description

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.

Course content

AS
Component 1 (breadth study): 1C The Tudors: England, 1485-1547
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 allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:
- How effectively did the Tudors restore and develop the powers of the monarchy?
-In what ways and how effectively was England governed during this period?
- How did relations with foreign powers change and how was the succession secured?
- How did English society and economy change and with what effects?
- How far did intellectual and religious ideas change and develop and with what effects?
- How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?
 
Component 2 (depth study): 2R The Cold War, c1945-1963

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.

A2

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.
 
Component 1 (breadth study): 1C The Tudors: England, 1485-1603
How it is assessed: a written exam of 2 hours 30 minutes comprising of three questions (one compulsory) which is worth 40% of the full A-Level
This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:
- How effectively did the Tudors restore and develop the powers of the monarchy?
- In what ways and how effectively was England governed during this period?
- How did relations with foreign powers change and how was the succession secured?
- How did English society and economy change and with what effects?
- How far did intellectual and religious ideas change and develop and with what effects?
- How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?
 
Component 2 (depth study): 2R The Cold War, c1945-1991
How it is assessed: a written exam of 2 hours 30 minutes comprising of three questions (one compulsory) which is worth 40% of the full A-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.
 
Component 3: Historical Investigation – non-exam assessment

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.

 

Entry requirements

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.

Last updated date: 09 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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