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History A-Level at Tavistock Community College

Course description

The first year of this course is an AS level qualification and consists of 2 units of study. The student may continue to study for a second year in order to gain an A2 qualification. This course aims to encourage students to develop their interest in and enthusiasm for history and an understanding of its intrinsic value and significance. Students will learn to organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways, arguing a case and reaching substantiated judgements. Exam Board - OCR The units studied at AS are: • Unit 1 – The Wars of the Roses (1445- 85) and the reign of Henry VII (1485- 1509) – source and essay paper (60%). The focus of this unit is the struggle between the Houses of Lancaster and York in the civil war known as the Wars of the Roses. Following this, students will study the reign of the first Tudor monarch Henry VII. • Unit 2 – Italy 1896-1945 – short answer/ essay paper (40%) The main focus of this unit is the early neutrality of Italy and subsequent entry into WW1, Fascist Italy under Mussolini 1925-43 and an in-depth study of Mussolini’s Foreign Policy. The units (in brief) studied at A2 are: • Unit 3 – Rebellion and Disorder under the Tudors (1485-1603) – 30% • Unit 4 – Russia 1856-1964 (20%) (Coursework)

Entry requirements

5 A* - C grades including a B grade in the chosen or other Humanities subject


Year 12 AS – 2 exams in summer (Unit 1 – 60% and Unit 2 – 40%). Year 13 A2 – 3 exams in the summer (Unit 1 (30%), Unit 2 (20%), Unit 3 (30%)) and Coursework (20%)

Future opportunities

History is a well-respected academic subject which provides a sound foundation for many careers. There are the obvious ones like museum work, archaeology, conservation and history teaching but there are many other careers where historians excel – architecture, banking, economics, journalism, law, marketing, publishing and social work (to name a few).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 June 2015

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