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History at The Hertfordshire and Essex High School and Science College

Course description

A Level
The qualification has three components:

Breadth Study: 1C The Tudors, 1485–1603
This will examine the details of the Tudor monarchs in a chronological survey from Henry VII through to the end of Elizabeth I’s reign. The examination in Year 13 of 2 hours 30 minutes, is worth 40%, and will be a mixture of a compulsory discussion of historians’ views on unknown selected issue from the Tudor period and two essay questions

Depth Study: 2S The Cold War 1945-1991
This looks at the Cold War period focusing on the US struggle to prevent the expansion of Communism in Asia and Europe and considers the reasons why the ideological conflict came to an end in the early 1990s. The examination is 2 hours 30 minutes and includes a compulsory source question on a selected Cold War issue from the period and two essay questions. The examination is worth 40%.

Historical Investigation (Personal Study)
In the first term of Year 13 students will produce a 3,500 word investigation on a topic of their choosing with teacher guidance. It is worth 20% of the total grade.

AS Level
The AS Level will be co-taught in Year 12. The syllabus for the AS course has two components:

1C The Tudors 1485- 1547
A study of Henry VII and Henry VIII

2S The Cold War 1945-1962

Roots of the Cold War up to the decline in relations culminating in the Cuban Missile Crisis

Both examinations are 1 hour 30 minutes each and both are worth 50% of the total AS qualification. The examination papers follow the format of A Level papers.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B History and GCSE grade B in English. If the subject was not studied previously, GCSE grade B in English and GCSE grade B in a Humanities subject is required. History is a subject which makes heavy literary demands on students and suits those who can express themselves on paper with confidence.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Hertfordshire and Essex High School and Science College directly.

Last updated date: 03 February 2015
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