History A Level (AQA) at Crawshaw Academy
The A Level History course aims to give students the ability to experience historical study as similarly to university style courses as possible. This means that there is an element which allows students to see changes over time in terms of the Tudor dynasty and there is also an element which allows them to really explore a topic in depth. There is also an enquiry which makes students examine their own choice of topic with an emphasis on primary material.
Students study 2 units in year 1:
Component 1: Breadth Study. The study of significant historical developments over a period of about 50 years and associated historical interpretations – worth 50% and assessed by exam – 1 hour 30 minutes.
Component 2: Depth Study. The study in depth of a major historical change or development and associated primary evidence – worth 50% by exam – 1 hour 30 minutes.
Students study 3 units in year 2:
Component 1 – Breadth Study. The study of significant historical developments over a period of about 100 years and associated interpretations – worth 40% and assessed by a written exam of 2 hours 30 minutes.
Component 2: Depth Study. The study in depth of a major historical change or development and associated primary evidence – worth 40% by a written exam – 2 hour 30 minutes.
Component 3: Historical investigation. A personal study based on a topic of the student’s choice. The topic must cover 100 years of history – work worth 20% , marked by the teacher and moderated by AQA.
Year 1 History: This option allows the students to study breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequences.
Part one: Consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty 1485 – 1603.
All in the written exam worth 50%
Part two: Depth study 20 Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918 – 1945, section one The Weimar Republic 1918 – 1933. This option provides for the study in depth of a period of German history during a newly developed democratic form of government gave way to a dictatorial Nazi regime. All tested in the written exam worth 50% .
History year 2:
Component 1 – The Tudors, England 1485 – 1603, (I.C).
Part two: England turmoil and triumph 1547 – 1603
Work worth 40% and assessed by a written exam, essay writing and historical interpretations.
Component 2 – Democracy and Nazism – Germany 1918 – 1945 (2.C).
Part 2: Nazi Germany, 1939 – 1945. Work worth 40% and assessed by a written exam, essay writing, primary source evaluation.
Component 3 – Non exam assessment, historical investigation. A personal study 0f 3,000 to 3.500 words covering a topic of the students choice covering a 100 year time period – worth 20%.
Entrants to the course must have achieved at least 5 x 9-4 grades in GCSE subjects.
Grade 6 preferred in GCSE English Language.
Whilst it is not necessary for the student to have studied History at GCSE level to study this course it is preferable.
Year 1 assessment is via two external written exams of one hour thirty minutes each.
Year 2 assessment is via two external exams of two hours thirty minutes each and one personal assessment of up to 3,500 words.
Students can go on to study a wide range of academic courses in higher education with this qualification. Students can go into a wide range of careers where written communication, research, analytical and team work skills are important. Examples are heritage manager, education, archivist, journalism, political or editorial assistant, solicitor or barrister.
For further information speak with Mrs Wearing or check the A level specification on the AQA website:-
How to apply
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