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HISTORY - AS/A Level (AQA) at Churchdown School Academy

Course description

2 year course offered as part of a full time study programme

Course content

AS Level consists of 2 units:
 
Unit 1H: Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1917, you will learn about how Russia was governed for centuries by Tsars and how they tried to preserve their role and status as autocrats.
 
You will also learn how and why Russia’s society and economy changed by 1917 and why opposition to the Tsars grew until 1917 when, after two revolutions, the Communists took over the government of Russia.
 
Unit 2D: Religious Conflict and the Church in England, 1529-1547 you will examine the changing relationship between the English Church and government, focusing on Henry VIII’s break with Rome and the problems surrounding the establishment of a new Anglican Church and faith.
 
You will explore concepts such as piety, humanism, Protestantism, Catholicism, authority and conformity.
 
A Level consists of 3 units which build on the content studied at AS.
 
Unit 1H: Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1964 - you will learn about the establishment of Communist rule in Russia and the political, social cultural and economic changes that took place in Russia up to 1964.
 
Unit 2D: Religious Conflict and the Church in England, 1529-1570 - you will look at the reigns of Henry VIII’s three children and the religious policies favoured by each. You will cover Edward’s attempt to establish a Protestant Nation, Mary’s efforts to restore Roman Catholicism and Elizabeth’s re-establishment of the Church of England.
 
Unit 3 is a Personal Study based on civil rights in the USA, 1865-1975.

Assessment

Year 12 Assessment (AS):
 
Unit 1H: Students will sit one written exam of 90 minutes. Section A – one compulsory question linked to interpretations and Section B - one essay question from two. Overall the exam is worth 50 marks which is 50% of the AS Level.
 
Unit 2D: Students will sit one exam of 90 minutes. Section A - one compulsory question linked to primary sources or sources contemporary to the period. Section B - essay question from two.
 
Overall the exam is worth 50 marks which is 50% of the AS Level.
Should students wish to study only AS Level History, they can be awarded a separate AS qualification at the end of Year 12. However, should students wish to continue on to study History in Year 13 and the full A Level, grades awarded at AS will no longer count towards the final A Level grade.
 
Year 13 Assessment (A Level):
 
A-level students must take assessments in all three of the following components in the same year:
 
Unit 1H: Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855-1964. Students will sit one written exam of 2 hours 30 mins.
Section A – one compulsory question linked to historical interpretations.
Section B – two from three essays. Overall the exam is worth 80 marks and 40% of the full A-level.
 
Unit 2D: Religious conflict and the Church in England, c.1529-1570. Students will sit one written exam of 2 hours 30 mins.
Section A - one compulsory question linked to primary sources or sources contemporary to the period.
Section B - two from three essays. Overall the exam is worth 80 marks and 40% of the full A Level.
 
Unit 3: Historical investigation (Personal study)
A personal study based on Civil Rights in the USA, 1865-1975. This will take the form of a question in the context of approximately 100 years. Students must write an investigation of between 3000-3500 words which will be marked by their teacher and moderated by AQA.
 
Overall the investigation is worth 40 marks and 20% of the full A Level.

 

Future opportunities

Obvious career paths include law, journalism and teaching. However, due to the nature of the subject, you will find history useful for any career that requires you to understand and be critical about all kinds of information, engage in discussion and debate, and insists that you communicate your balanced opinion clearly and in a variety of ways.

Further information

People who have studied History at A Level are recognised as strong communicators who possess a number of skills that are in great demand from employers. Taking History at A Level means that you will:
 
• be learning about people and how they interact, their motives and the emotions that tear people apart into rival factions (all very useful knowledge for team-building at work!).
• be learning about other countries, societies and cultures. Knowing something about a country’s society or culture could help you in your later work life.
• be learning how to locate and sift facts and present a case to defend your findings. These skills are invaluable for being able to write a persuasive report or argue a case at work.
• be able to study History at university!
 
If you have studied History and worked hard at GCSE you will be well prepared for the demands of History at A Level.
 
You will build on the work you have already done in analysing sources, explaining the causes of events and understanding how and why interpretations can differ.
 
You will, of course, be studying different topics but your grounding in those skills will help you make the best of your time at A Level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Churchdown School Academy directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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