A Level History

Please note: students in Year 12 (September 2015) are now following the new specification as outlined below and Year 13 (September 2015) will be following the legacy course outlined underneath

Edexcel (AS: 1E and 2E A2: 35.1)

Why study History?

History provides students with a wide range of valuable transferable skills. Principally, students develop the ability to understand and critically analyse issues and events.

The Course

Edexcel GCE History is divided into 4 units, 2 in Year 12 and 2 in Year 13.

Year 12 History

Unit  1: Russia, 1917-1991: From Lenin to Yeltsin

This option comprises a study in breadth, in which students will learn about the key political, social and economic features of communist rule in Russia during the twentieth century, including its rise to and fall from superpower status.

Unit  2: Mao’s China, 1949-1976

This option comprises a study in depth of the transformation of communist China. Students will investigate the political, economic and social changes in this period and their impact upon the lives of the Chinese people.

Year 13 History

 Unit 3: Britain: Losing and Gaining an Empire, 1763-1914

This topic consists of breadth and depth topics exploring the development of the British Empire and the part played by the Royal Navy and Merchant Marine. Students will study the political, economic and social developments that resulted in Britain possessing the largest empire the world has ever known

Unit 4: Historical Enquiry

Candidates will be required to submit an Historical Enquiry, based on the investigation of an historical issue.

Assessment

Unit 1: 2 hour 15 minute exam, with two breadth essay questions and one interpretation-based question

Unit 2: 1 hour 30 minute exam, with one source question and one depth essay question.

Unit 3: 2 hour 15 minute exam, with two essay questions and one source question.

Unit 4: Students will compare, analyse and evaluate the works of three historians on a chosen issue, in the form of an assignment of 4000 words

Where it leads

Progression into Higher Education such as a degree in History. Ancient History, Politics, International Relations, Law and Sociology.

Please note: The following course is for current (September 2015) Year 13 students only  

AQA (AS: 1041, A2: 2041)

Who should study History?

By studying History students will develop skills of analysis, interpretation, argument and explanation, and study various countries and how they have developed.

The Course

AQA GCE History is divided into 4 units, 2 in Year 12 and 2 in Year 13.

AS History

Unit 1: Britain 1906 – 51

An overview of a period of rapid and significant change affecting British politics, society and economy.

Unit 2: The impact of Stalin’s Leadership in the USSR 1928-1941

The impact of Stalin’s aims, actions and influence on important developments in the USSR.

A2 History

Unit 3: The Making of Modern Britain 1951-2007

Change and continuity over approximately 50 years of British History. Candidates will be able to demonstrate an understanding of important individuals. Britain’s changing realtions with the world after 1951 and the debate over European involvement.

Unit 4: Historical Enquiry

Candidates will be required to submit an Historical Enquiry, based on the investigation of an historical issue.

Assessment

At AS level the course will be assessed through two externally marked papers.

At A2 level the course will be assessed through an externally marked papers and a piece of coursework of approximately 3500 words.

Where it leads

Progression into Higher Education such as a degree in History. Ancient History, Politics, International Relations, Law and Sociology.