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History AS & A2 at Feltham Community College (School)

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GCE History (2040) AS outline At AS, this specification supports historical study that should promote an understanding of change and development over time (Unit 1) plus an understanding of change over a short period studied in depth (Unit 2). The AS specification has 2 units: Unit 1Topic listThe Crusading Movement and the Latin East, 1095–1204 Britain, 1483–1529 The Reformation in Europe, c1500–1564 Britain, 1603–1642 Absolutist States: The Reign of Louis XIV, 1661–1715 France in Revolution, 1774–1815 Britain, 1815–1865 Tsarist Russia, 1855–1917 The Development of Germany, 1871–1925 Russia and Germany, 1871–1914 Britain, 1906–1951 USA, 1890–1945 Totalitarian Ideology in Theory and in Practice, c1848–c1941. AssessmentWritten Paper: 1 hour 15 minutes Weighting: 50% of total A/S marks/25% of total A Level marks Written paper chosen from one of 13 options. 2 questions to be answered from a choice of 3 two-part questions. Tests understanding of change over time. Unit 2Topic listConqueror and Conquest, c1060–1087 The Church in England: the Struggle for Supremacy, 1529–1541 The Reign of Henry IV of France, 1589–1610 Britain, 1629–1642: the Failure of Absolutism? The Reign of Peter the Great of Russia, 1682–1725 Challenging British Dominance: the Loss of the American Colonies, 1754–1783 The Forging of the Italian Nation, 1848–1871 Britain and Appeasement, 1919–1940 A New Roman Empire? Mussolini’s Italy, 1922–1945 The Impact of Stalin’s Leadership in the USSR, 1928–1941 Life in Nazi Germany, 1933–1945 Anti-Semitism, Hitler and the German People, 1919–1942 The Impact of Chairman Mao: China, 1946–1976 The Campaign for African-American Civil Rights in the USA, 1950–1968 The USA and Vietnam, 1961–1975 A Sixties Social Revolution? British Society, 1959–1975 Liberal Democracies: Power to the People? Britain, 1902-1918: The Impact of New Liberalism AssessmentWritten Paper: 1 hour 30 minutes Weighting: 50% of total AS marks/25% of total A Level marks Written paper chosen from one of 17 options. 1 compulsory two-part, source-based question + 1 structured two-part question from a choice of 2. Tests understanding of a significant period of history in depth. GCE History (2040) A2 outline At A2, the specification offers a natural progression from AS. Unit 3 focuses on the relationship between the state and the people, and the forces which influenced this relationship. Unit 4 is an historical enquiry which tests understanding of change over 100 years. The A2 specification has 2 units: Unit 3Topic listThe Angevin Kings of England: British Monarchy, 1154–1216 The Triumph of Elizabeth: Britain, 1547–1603 The Emergence of a Great Power? Spain, 1492–1556 British Monarchy: the Crisis of State 1642–1689 France and the Enlightenment: Absolutism Under Threat, 1743–1789 Stability and War: British Monarchy and State, 1714–1770 British State and People, 1865–1915 Monarchies and Republics in France, 1815–1871 The State and People: Britain, 1918–1964 Triumph and Collapse: Russia and the USSR, 1941–1991 From Defeat to Unity: Germany, 1945–1991 The Making of Modern Britain, 1951–2007 Aspects of International Relations, 1945–2004 AssessmentWritten Paper: 1 hour 30 minutes Weighting: 30% of total A Level marks Written paper chosen from one of 12 options. Two essay questions to be answered from a choice of three. Tests understanding both in depth and breadth. Unit 4 Historical Enquiry outline form Submit your enquiry outline for approval by completing the form. Topic listHistorical Enquiry (Personal Study) Candidates will be required to submit an Historical Enquiry based on the investigation of an historical issue. AssessmentHistorical Enquiry Weighting: 20% of total A Level marks A personal study of approximately 3500 words: an analysis of an historical issue chosen either from the range of exemplars provided by AQA or from an equivalent course of study devised by the centre. The issue developed must show understanding of change over 100 years. Internally assessed by the centre. Moderated by AQA. These initial exemplars will be revised later by adding a range of printed, electronic and visual resources. Specimen questions will also be provided. Centre advice and guidanceTeachers may advise and guide students in the general planning and writing of their Historical Enquiries, but: The amount of advice and guidance provided must be taken into account in the assessment, as seen in the generic mark scheme criteria for AO1(a) Guidance should cease once the student is ready to put together a final essay plan, which should be his/her own work. The writing of the Enquiry must then be the work of the student alone. Teachers should not intervene in the final piece of writing, nor comment on continuous passages, introductions or conclusions, or ask students to correct sections of such a final piece. This would be considered a breach of the requirement that the Historical Enquiry is the work of the individual student.

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Future opportunities

NoYou could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in History, which could lead onto higher education in History or related subjects such as English, American Studies, Politics , Archaeology or more general courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to history by seeking employment in areas of heritage such as working for a museum or within education such as a teacher. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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