History A Level AQA at Co-op Academy Priesthorpe
Year 1 course allows the students to study breadth and depth topics which cover issues of change, continuity, cause and consequences. It includes the following study topics:
Consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty 1485 – 1603; and the first section of Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918 – 1945 (The Weimar Republic 1918 – 1933).
Year 2 History builds on the skills and knowledge gained at ASand consists of two components: The Tudors, England 1485 – 1603 (England: Turmoil and Triumph 1547 – 1603); and Democracy and Nazism; Germany 1918 – 1945 (Nazi Germany, 1939 – 1945). For course work, students will also complete an independent historical investigation which will focus on a university-style referenced essay on an aspect of Civil Rights in the USA.
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 at GCSE subjects. Whilst it is not necessary for the student to have studied History at GCSE level to study this course it is preferable. It is also preferable that the student attained a grade 6 at English GCSE.
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, law, to name but a few.
For further information on this course please speak to members of the History Department, or check the A Level specification on the AQA website.
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