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History A Level at University of Chester CE Academy

Course description

The AS / A2 Level History Course encourages an in-depth investigation into History and develops necessary skills which compliment other subjects studied at AS/A2 level. Over a course of two years students will cover four units which are explained in more detail below. Within these four units the students will study a variety of historically significant moments and events, most of the focus will be placed on historically significant individuals, societies, issues and developments that shaped the world of today. These are studied within a broad historical context. Students will also study change, continuity and development over at least 100 years.

By shifting the emphasis of GCSE History firmly to the ‘why’ and ‘how’, alongside the more traditional ‘what’, of the historian’s work, this brand new history specification represents a distinct and exciting development in the study of history at AS / A Level. It encourages students to explore the theory and methodology of history through the study of four aspects of the subject: theories of explanation and the use and limitations of source materials at AS, and of interpretations and historical significance at A2.

This approach forms a strong foundation for both the study of history at undergraduate level, but will in addition facilitate the development of independent skills such as research and analysis, which have proved invaluable for any post-16 programme of study.

Course content

AS Level: • British period-study and enquiry • England 1445-1509:Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII (Enquiry topic-War of the Roses) 25% of total A level, via a 1hr 30 min exam paper • Non-British personal study • Russia 1894-1941 15% of total A level, via a 1 hr exam paper.

A2 Level: Thematic study and historical interpretations Popular culture and the witchcraze of the 16th and 17th centuries 40% of total A level, via a 2 hr 30 min exam paper

A topic based essay: Students complete a 3000-4000 word essay on a topic of choice, which may arise out of content studied elsewhere in the course. This must be backed up with a research diary to demonstrate understanding and methods. This essay constitutes 20% of the total A level mark.

Entry requirements

No prior knowledge of the subject is required. The specification builds on, but does not depend on, the knowledge, understanding and skills specified for GCSE History. It is, however, a requirement that candidates have attained a B or above at GCSE in History or English.


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Future opportunities

Whether you choose higher education or a career, History A Level provides you with plenty of opportunities:

• Teacher

• Solicitor

• Archaeologist

• Politician

• Heritage / Restoration Industry

• Business / Manager

• Journalist

• Armed Forces

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact University of Chester CE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years