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History A Level at Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy

Course description

In History we follow the AQA Specification. We cover component 1C – The Tudors: England, 1485 – 1603 and component 2H France in Revolution, 1774 – 1815.

Year 12

Component 1 – The Tudors: Consolidation of the Tudor dynasty, 1485 – 1547

Component 2 – The end of Absolutism and the French Revolution, 1774 – 1795

Component 3 – British Political Reform in the 19th Century

Year 13

Component 1 – The Tudors: England, Turmoil and Triumph, 1547 – 1603

Component 2 – The rise of Napoleon and his impact on France and Europe, 1795 – 1815

Entry requirements

Those choosing History need to be highly passionate about the past, this will take the form of wider reading and research as both these time periods are widely accessible. Historians need to be opinionated about the periods covered, able to form judgements which they can support with contextual knowledge and be confident in using sources and interpretations. Alongside this we hope for confident independent learners who are highly organised.


Year 12

You will sit two papers lasting one hour thirty minutes each which are equally weighted at 50% of the qualification. Both papers require candidates to answer two 25 mark essays.

Component 3 is taught in the summer term ,this is a 3,000 – 3,500 words personal study worth 20% of the qualification in which candidates examine one aspect of British Political Reform during the 19th Century. Candidates visit the Hallward Library at Nottingham University as part of this to research their own appropriate sources and interpretations for this component.

Year 13

There are components 1 and 2, each worth 40% of the qualification. Component 1 has an interpretation question, Component 2 a source question each worth 30 marks and both papers then feature a choice of two further questions from a selection of three which are each worth 25 marks.

Future opportunities

History opens many doors including Law, Journalism, Politics and Teaching as well as more obvious links to work with museums, archives and archaeology. It is a well-regarded subject by Universities and employers particularly due to the analytical thinking skills involved.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy directly.

Last updated date: 08 March 2017

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