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History A-Level at The North Durham Academy

Course description

Course outline:

This course offers stimulating and exciting content of British, European and World History from the 16th Century to the 20th Century. We will look at exciting questions such as; ‘Why were the Tudors able to rule successfully’ and ‘Life in Nazi Germany’. In this course you will have an opportunity to develop important and valuable transferable skills such as analysis, evaluation, substantiation and complex communication skills.


How is the course assessed?

You will complete four Units over the two year course.

Unit 1 and Unit 2 in Year 12 are both assessed externally by examination - worth 50% each

Unit 3 in Year 13 is assessed externally by examination

Unit 4 is coursework that is internally assessed and then externally moderated.


What could i go on to do at the end of my course?

Successful History students earn a respected A Level proving that they have complex analytical communication skills. A Level History is a valued subject within Universities and students that have done well in History have gone onto degrees and careers in the following areas: media, journalism, teaching, law, business, civil service, police , PR, marketing, social work and lecturing.

Students who take History often also take Archaeology, Classical Civilisation, Geography or Sociology. History also supports other specialist subjects, like English Language/Literature, Government & Politics and Philosophy.


What skills will I learn?

History helps students develop a number of new skills including:

  •  How to assemble data and assess it
  •  How to investigate facts and use deduction
  •  How to put over your point of view fluently
  •  How to work as a team to achieve results


Specification Overview: AQA History AS Examinations (AS Award 1041)

Unit 1 Change and Consolidation – Britain, 1483–1529

The End of the Yorkist monarchy and the Triumph of Henry Tudor, 1483–1487

The Reign of Henry VII: political power and control

The Reign of Henry VII: finance, economy and trade

The Continuation of the Tudor monarchy under Henry VIII, 1509–1529

50% of AS, 25% of A Level 1 hour 15 minutes written examination 72 marks

Unit 2 Historical Issues: Periods of Change

The Campaign for African-American Civil Rights in the USA, 1950–1968

The development of the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s

Progress towards Civil Rights 1960–1964

Opposition to Civil Rights 1950–1964

The Growth of Radicalism among African-Americans, 1964–1968

50% of AS, 25% of A Level 1 hour 30 minutes written examination 72 marks

A2 Examinations (A Level Award 2041)

Unit 3 The State and the People: Change and Continuity – The Triumph of Elizabeth: Britain 1547– 1603

The Mid-Tudor Crisis, 1547–1558

The Consolidation of Elizabeth I's Rule, 1558–1571

Defending Against Internal and External Enemies, 1571–1588

The Last Years of Elizabeth, 1589–1603

30% of A Level 1 hour 30 minutes written examination 90 marks

Unit 4 – HIS4X Historical Enquiry

20% of A Level Coursework unit 60 marks Approximately 3500 words on an analysis of a historical issue


How to apply:

To apply for a place at North Durham Academy 16+ students should complete the application form available on our website.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. All applicants will be invited to discuss the course/courses applied for with a senior member of staff to ensure students are selecting the right course/courses. To help with the process we will also look at recent student reports and the attainment information provided by subject staff. Any offer of a place at North Durham Academy may well be dependent on students achieving specified GCSE grades.


Entry requirements

General Entry Criteria

The general criteria for entry to Year 12 of North Durham Academy’s 16+ courses are as follows:

  1. Most A Level and BTEC Level 3 courses: 5 separate GCSE subject passes at grades A* to C, including Maths and English.
  2. Meet the additional subject-specific requirements which are needed for some courses.
  3. For Maths, Science and Psychology courses, students will be required to complete a ‘Maths for Sixth Form’ course.
  4. Level 1/2 VRQ Courses: 4 GCSE grades at D or above preferably including Maths or English.
  5. Attend the Induction course in July and complete the Summer Bridging study packs relevant to the courses you want to study prior to enrolment.
  6. Agree to the conditions of the Sixth form Learning Agreement.

Any personal issues regarding entry criteria and extenuating circumstances can be raised and discussed at interview.


What do you need to do the course?

Five A* - C grades including English and Maths. It is necessary that you have achieved a B History at GCSE.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The North Durham Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 March 2015

Key information

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