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History A-Level at Chesham Grammar School

Course description

History builds upon and develops the knowledge and skills that you will have gained through your GCSE History course. The options that we have chosen give students a taste of both modern and early modern history, which is especially useful to those students considering studying the subject at university, but also gives all students an excellent foundation into why Britain and the world is as it is today. Therefore, although many students do choose to study History at university, many other students find it an extremely useful preparation for courses in subjects like Politics, International Relations, Law, other humanities subjects, languages and even medicine and the sciences.

Course content

A2 History Course Information

Over the two year course students will study the following units.

Unit 1: The Tudors – England, 1485-1603 (40% of A-Level)

This unit is assessed by an external examination at the end of the two year course. In Year 12, students will study the “Consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty: England, 1485-1547” and in Year 13 they will build upon this understanding of England at this time and consider how stable England was in the “Turmoil and Triumph: England 1547-1603” section of Unit 1.

Unit 2: Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917-1954 (40% of A-Level)

This unit is also assessed by an external examination at the end of the two year course. In Year 12, students will study the “Russian Revolution and the Rise of Stalin” and in Year 13 they will build upon this understanding of Russia and the Soviet Union to then assess the impact of “Stalin’s Rule, 1929-1953”.

Unit 3: Historical Investigation (20% of A-Level)

This unit is internally marked and externally moderated. Students will complete this work in the summer term of Year 12. Students will be able to investigate a particular issue or period and work independently of their peers. Students will develop excellent skills in research and critical analysis. This process will be invaluable for all students as this is very similar to the style of work that will be expected of them at university, whatever the degree that they choose.

AS History

The AQA AS History course does run in parallel to the AQA A2 History course. If students sit an AS exam at the end of their first year, they will answer questions on the “Consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty: 1485-1547” for Unit 1 and they will answer questions on the “Russian Revolution and the Rise of Stalin” for Unit 2. Both of these will be externally assessed and there is no coursework for AS.

Entry requirements

For Advanced level courses, students will be expected to have successfully completed GCSE level examinations, with an average score of 46 points from their best eight GCSEs.

The average is worked out by converting each grade to a numerical score where:

A* = 58, A = 52, B = 46, C = 40, D = 34, E = 28, F = 22 and G = 16 b.

In an A level subject to be taken there is a requirement of grade B or above at GCSE (Grade A or above in Maths, Music and the Sciences), either in the subject itself or in an appropriate related subject in the case of new courses, as indicated on the subjects’ requirement. At least a C in English Language and Mathematics.

Subject Specific

GCSE Grade B or above

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 April 2015
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