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History A Level at Richard Rose Central Academy

Course description

History is a rewarding study: informative and interesting. The course is for those who like finding information for themselves, questioning historical sources, looking at both sides of an argument and forming their own conclusions. 

Course content

Topics are taught through a mixture of approaches. Students will use both primary and secondary sources and will become skilled at extracting information from both, assessing the reliability and value of them for their work. Pupils will also have the opportunity to work independently on projects, to engage in classroom discussions and to produce oral and visual presentations of their work. 



Entry requirements

To study this course you will need to have achieved five GCSEs at Grade C or above, which need to include English. The subject is essay based so the ability to write coherently is very much needed. This is a very demanding course and you should not undertake it if you are not prepared to work hard. 


Component 1 - Breadth Study

The Tudors: 1485-1603

 Yr 13 Examination:

• written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes • three questions (one compulsory) • 80 marks • 40% of A-level

Component 2 - Depth Study

The American Dream: Reality and Illusion 1945-1980 

Yr 13 Examination:

• written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes • three questions (one compulsory) • 80 marks • 40% of A-level

 Component 3 (undertaken in Year 13) -  Historical Investigation 

A personal study based on a topic of student's choice. This should take the form of a question in the context of approximately 100 years. It must not duplicate the content of options chosen for Components 1 and 2

Yr 13 Examination:

• 3,000 – 3,500 words • 40 marks • 20% of A-level • marked by teachers • moderated by AQA 

Future opportunities

The course will help you to improve your critical thinking abilities, combining analysis, research, essay writing and communication skills to help you to solve problems and form arguments for debate. History is a great A-Level for progression into social science and humanities courses at university, such as History, English, Law and Economics. However it is by no means restricted to being useful for these courses alone. Indeed many leading universities also respect science students taking History as the analytical and writing skills gained from it are invaluable in any field. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Rose Central Academy directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016
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