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Reformed History at John Willmott School (JWS)

Course description

LEVEL AS/A2 Level

EXAMINATION BOARD OCR

Course content

COURSE INFORMATION

The History AS and A Level qualifications on offer provide a suitable foundation for the study of History or related courses in further and higher education.  History A-Level also develops a range of skills for progression directly into employment.  Equally, they contribute to students’ lifelong learning, especially through Key Skills you develop during your studies.

Entry requirements

5 A* - C at GCSE including English and Maths.

Assessment

SPECIFICATION AND UNITS OF STUDY

 

The History and A-Level courses are divided like this

Britain 1930-1997

25% of A Level 50% of AS

1 hour 30 minutes exam

 

Students will study Britain during the period 1930-75.  They will look at the different key events, people and issues faced during those years. At the end of the exam they will be assessed by an exam where they will write an extended essay about the period.

They will also have to answer a source based exam question on Churchill and his work between 1930 and 1951.

Exam in which students answer:

~ One period study essay from a choice of two

~ One document-based depth study

Paper total: 50 marks

 

The French Revolution & the rule of Napoleon 1774–1815

15% of A Level 50% of AS

1 hour (1 hour 30 minutes for AS)

 

Unit 2 of both the AS and A-Level is a non- British History study, similar to that if Unit one but without the source based enquiry.

In this unit students will study the back ground to the French Revolution and the events of the Revolution, key figures involved and the issues raised by it.

 

They will also study France under the rule of Napoleon and how he came to power and the effect this had on France and beyond.

Exam in which students who are entered for the A- level answer both parts from one of the two questions set:

One ‘mini-essay’.  One period study essay

Paper total: 30 marks

 

AS Level Students will answer:

One period study essay

One interpretations question

Paper total: 50 marks

 

Civil Rights in the USA 1865–1992

40% of A Level

2 hours 30 minutes exam

Personal Study

20% of A Level Coursework

 

Unit 3 of the A-Level is a study of Historical themes and interpretations.  In this unit we will be studying Civil Rights in the USA 1865–1992.  Students will consider the changes in Civil Rights within the USA over the period, looking at the key individuals and events related to the topic.  Students will have to develop a detailed knowledge of specified events, individuals or issues to comprehend, analyse and evaluate the ways in which the past has been interpreted by historians.

 

A personal and independent study of the student’s choice.  They will investigate their topic over the year and must include evidence of using primary and secondary sources.  Students use their research to develop a substantiated judgement and demonstrate an organisation of concepts and knowledge. 

Exam in which students answer:

Two theme questions from a choice of three, all covering 100 years

One interpretations question

Paper total: 80 marks

 

Personal Study

20% of A Level

Coursework

 

A personal and independent study of the Student’s choice.

They will investigate their topic over the year and must include evidence of using primary and secondary sources.  Students use their research to develop a substantiated judgement and demonstrate an organisation of concepts and knowledge.

A single 3,000 – 4,000 word essay marked at school, and moderated by the exam board.

Coursework total: 40 marks

Future opportunities

WHERE CAN THE COURSE LEAD?

A qualification in History is proof of the ability to investigate, analyse and communicate effectively. History is an academic subject not vocational and would never limit your options post 19.  It is a good qualification for a number of careers including Journalism, Tourism, TV Research, Law, Teaching, Town Planning amongst others.

Further information

WHO TO CONTACT FOR INFORMATION Mr P Broadhurst

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Willmott School (JWS) directly.

Last updated date: 18 November 2014
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