Level 3: A level
Exam Board: AQA
GCSE History - Level 5
The A-Level History course has been designed to help students understand the significance of historical events, the role of individuals in history and the nature of change over time so that students will develop a deeper understanding of the past through political, social, economic and cultural perspectives. We believe that the topics we have selected will not only cultivate an interest in history, but it will also equip students with the knowledge and skills required to succeed as historians.
A-Level History students will study two topics that have a chronological range of at least 200 years and contain a British and non-British study. The breadth study we have chosen to study is “The Tudors: England, 1485–1603” and the depth study is “France in Revolution, 1774–1815”.
1C: The Tudors: England, 1485–1603
This breadth option allows students to study issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:
Part one: consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty: England, 1485–1547
Henry VII, 1485–1509 and Henry VIII, 1509–1547.
Part two: England: turmoil and triumph, 1547–1603 (A-Level only)
Instability and consolidation: 'the Mid-Tudor Crisis', 1547–1563 and The triumph of Elizabeth, 1563–1603.
2H France in Revolution, 1774–1815
This depth study option focuses on a key period of history, which was to change the relationship between the ruler and the governed, not only in France but also throughout Europe and, in time, the wider world.
Part one: the end of Absolutism and the French Revolution, 1774–1795
The origins of the French Revolution, 1774–1789, The experiment in constitutional monarchy, 1789–1792 and The emergence and spread of the Terror, September 1792–1795.
Part two: the rise of Napoleon and his impact on France and Europe, 1795–1815 (A-Level only)
The Directory and Napoleon's rise to power, 1795–1799, The impact of Napoleon's rule on France, 1799–1815 and The impact of Napoleon's rule on Europe, 1799–1815.
Component 1: Breadth Study - What is Assessed?
The study of significant historical developments over a period of around 100 years and associated interpretations.
Questions: Two sections
Component 2: Depth Study - What is Assessed?
They study depth of a period of major change or development and associated primary evidence
Questions: Two sections
Component 3: Historical Investigation - What is Assessed?
A personal study based on a topic of students's choice. This should take the form of a question in the context of approximately 100 years. It must not duplicate the content of options chosen for Components 1 and 2.