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Level 3: A level

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirement

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.

Assessment:
  • Written exam: 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Three questions (one compulsory)
  • 80 marks / 40% of A level
Questions: Two sections
  •  Section A - one compulsory questions linked to historical interpretations (30 marks)
  •  Section B - two from three essays (2 x 25 marks)

 

Component 2: Depth Study - What is Assessed?

They study depth of a period of major change or development and associated primary evidence

Assessment:
  • Written exam: 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Three questions (one compulsory)
  • 80 marks / 40% of A level
Questions: Two sections
  •  Section A - one compulsory questions linked to primary sources or sources contemporary to the period (30 marks)
  •  Section B - two from three essays (2 x 25 marks)

 

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.

Assessment:
  • 3000-5000 words
  • 40 marks
  • 20% of A level
  • Marked by class teachers and moderated by AQA
The Future

The study of history opens up a wide range of careers that facilitate general academic qualifications, in addition to those that require specific historical knowledge and is therefore looked upon favourably by Russell Group Universities.  An A-Level in History is useful for careers in law, civil service, journalism, personnel management, public relations, social work, politics, police force, media and many more owing to the skills and competencies students develop within the subject.

Further information
Mr N Hart, Humanities Curriculum Leader