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History A Level at Sir Thomas Wharton Community College

Course description

AS Level (8HI01)
Unit 1 Historical Themes in Breadth (50% AS) 25% total
Unit 2 British History Depth Studies (50% AS) 25% total

A2 Level (9HI01)
Unit 3 Depth Studies and Associated Historical Controversies (60% A2) 30% total
Unit 4 Historical Enquiry (40% A2) 20% total

AS Course
Students will study two units at AS level:
Unit 1 Option A- England in the Middle Ages and the Transition to the Early Modern World We study the period 1455 – 1509 The Wars of the Roses and the Reign of Henry VII
Unit 2 Option A- Early Modern British History: Crown and Authority Henry VIII: Authority, Nation and Religion, 1509-40. We study original source material in this unit.

A2 Course
Students will study two units at A2 level:
Unit 3 Option A- Revolution and Conflict in England Protest, Crisis and Rebellion in England, 1536-88
Unit 4 Historical Enquiry
Internally assessed – externally moderated Students to complete a coursework assignment in two parts:
Part A: enquiry in depth into the short-term significance of a key event/individual within the period of study.
Part B: set the chosen event/individual in a broader context, exploring the process of change within the wider timeframe. Each part is equally weighted within the marks allocated.

Entry requirements

Whilst entry is negotiable the stringent academic requirements of this course make it more suitable for students with a good command of English and a genuine interest in History. Students who have studied GCSE History must have achieved a grade B, but for those new to the subject a grade B in GCSE English would usually demonstrate that a student has the skills to succeed.


AS level units 1 and 2
Each unit comprises 50% of the AS award (25% of the A2 award)
Both units are each examined through an examination paper of 1 hour and 20 minutes. Candidates must answer 2 questions on each paper. Each question is worth 30 marks.

A2 level units 3 and 4
Unit 3 30% A2 award.
Candidates will be required to answer the following from their chosen topic:

In Section A, the essay questions will have an analytical focus that will require candidates to reach a substantiated judgement on a historical issue or problem.
In Section B, candidates will be provided with five or six unseen secondary sources. The question will require candidates to compare the provided source material while exploring an issue of historical debate, and to reach substantiated judgements in the light of their own knowledge and understanding of the issues of interpretation and controversy.
Unit 4 20% A2 award.
Independent investigation
Two extended essays which address the questions which were posed as the focus of the enquiry. The enquiry must provide evidence of the student’s ability to:

- assess the significance of the chosen individual or event in the short term
- interpret, evaluate and use sources in their historical context.
- identify relevant issues and make use of relevant reading and other data as appropriate in pursuit of the enquiry
- assess the significance of the chosen factor or event in the long term (at least 100 years) by linking the chosen factor, individual or event with other events and forces for change in the period.

Future opportunities

The high academic standards required by this course make it a very attractive qualification to prospective employers and universities. To achieve a good grade in this subject student will have to display a high level of analytical dexterity, an impressive capability to learn and a great deal of dedication. Who wouldn’t employ someone with these skills?

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Thomas Wharton Community College directly.

Last updated date: 03 July 2015

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