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History Advanced Level at Budehaven Community School

Course description

Course Aims:

Our History A Level gives an opportunity to learn about the world we are living in and how its political, social and economic structures were created. It will enable students to learn about the significance of events, people, issues and societies in the Modern World. They will learn about how and why our society has changed and about the related theories of historians. Students get a chance to understand the language used to discuss ideas, to develop an understanding of how the past has been interpreted and, importantly, to express their own ideas confidently and effectively.

Course content

The course is designed to stimulate interest and help to contribute to the development of a thinking, responsible individual. Learning methods are varied and challenging with a premium placed on the development of analytical skills and effective written communication skills. There is a good deal of debate involved and the course needs informed discussion which requires considerable reading and personal research.

A Level History From September 2016 There is now a statutory requirement for a British Option.

Entry requirements

Normal Sixth Form requirements. In addition either a B grade in GCSE History and/or a B grade in English Language/ English Literature.


As it stands there are various options on the table and what is set out below is currently a working plan.

Under Model A (AQA Exam Board) A level History is likely to include:

Component 1: Breadth Study 

  • The Tudors: England 1485- 1603

Assessment by written exam: 2 hours 30 min. Three questions (one compulsory) 80 marks 40% of A level

Component 2Depth Study

  • Democracy & Nazism: Germany 1918-1945 

Assessment by written exam: 2 hours 30 min. Three questions (one compulsory)  80 marks 40% of A level .

Component 3: Historical Investigation

This is a personal study based on a topic of the student’s choice. It must not duplicate content of options chosen in Components 1 and 2.

Assessment a 3000-3500 word essay 40 marks 20% of A level Marked by teacher and moderated by AQA.


Future opportunities

History trains people to enter all walks of life. It is perhaps easier to suggest that all career paths are open, but particularly those requiring some understanding of people, for instance: Law, Journalism, Politics, Personnel Management, Social Work, Education and Training

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Budehaven Community School directly.

Last updated date: 01 November 2016

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