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History AS/A2 at The Brakenhale Academy

Course description

 The OCR B history specification provides a new and sophisticated set of objectives, based on up-to-date consultation allowing students to engage with current debates within history.
 The OCR B history specification is also linked to recent developments in GCSE History and to approaches to history at Higher Education level.
 This specification is well-designed and structured, being based on four distinct, clearly-focused units which deliver overall progression throughout the course.
 Students are well prepared for the study of history after school at Higher Education.
 The content of the specification is exciting and emotive which will appeal to and engage students in their studies.
What will I study?
At AS History A (H105)
 A substantial period of British history and source based enquiry that relates to that period.
 A non-British period of history that will include an analysis and evaluation of different historians’ interpretations of this period.
At A Level History A (H505)
 A thematic study of a period of at least 100 years, and three in-depth studies of events, individuals or issues that are key parts of the theme. This will also involve the evaluation of different historical interpretations of the same events, individuals or issues studied.
 A topic based essay of 3000-4000 words on a topic of their choice.
How will I be Assessed?
At AS History A (H105)
 British period study and enquiry: 1 hour 30 minutes examination paper.
 Non-British period of study: 1 hour 30 minutes examination paper.
At A Level History A (H505)
 British period study and enquiry: 1 hour 30 minutes examination paper.
 Non-British period of study: 1 hour examination paper.
 Thematic study and historical interpretation: 2 hours 30 minutes examination paper.
 Topic based essay: Internally assessed and externally moderated.
What does it lead to?
Studying history provides access to a wide range of career and higher education opportunities. History combines well with Maths and Science subjects to create an attractive portfolio of qualifications you can move on to a university science-based course.
Combined with English and a modern foreign language it would provide a good basis for an arts or languages-based degree. It also provides an excellent foundation for a number of popular careers including journalism, law and business.

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE History.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Brakenhale Academy directly.

Last updated date: 02 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 years