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History at Weald of Kent Grammar School

Course description

Studying History will develop your historical knowledge and understanding as well as developing important skills such as critical evaluation. You will learn to produce reasoned and thoughtful arguments. Source evaluation, extended writing and independent research are core elements of the course. The emphasis will be upon encouraging you to become independent thinkers and autonomous learners.

Course content

The A-Level is made up of two units a Depth study and the Breadth study. Both contain source work as well as extended writing tasks and are equally weighted, each worth 40% of the total marks. The third unit is a Historical Investigation worth 20% of the total marks.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE History


Unit 1. Russia 1855-1964. This is the study of significant historical developments over a period of 100 years.  This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period and will cover the study Tsarist and Communist Russia. This section is linked to historical interpretations.

Section A.  One question linked to historical sources (30marks)

Section B. Two essays from a choice of three (2x25 marks)

Unit 2. America: A Nation Divided, c1845-1877. This is the study of an in depth historical change or development, you will be expected to use primary sources provided by the exam board for part A. This option provides for the study of a period of major change in American history, which saw the disintegration of the country into Civil War, demanding a subsequent reconstruction. It explores concepts such as political authority, abolitionism and social justice. It also encourages students to consider what creates social tension and harmony, the idea of nationhood and the issues surrounding political compromise

Section A.  One compulsory two part exam question linked to primary sources or sources from the contemporary period. (30marks)

Section B. Two essays from a choice of three (2x25 marks)

Unit 3. Historical Investigation. This is a study of the pupil’s choice from early modern history and cover a 100 year period. It will be between 3000-3500 words and moderated by AQA.

A-Level Units

The total A-Level is made up of three units. Units one and two are both examined units each worth 40% of the total A-Level mark. Unit 1 is a Depth Study and unit 2 is a Breadth study. The final unit is coursework based on a historical investigation of your choice. This is worth 20% marks. The course will cover a 200 year period so that you can enjoy a rich diversity of history. You will study an early as well as a modern historical topic. Both the Depth study and the Breadth study will contain source work as well as extended writing tasks

How to apply

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Last updated date: 12 October 2017
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