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History

In this ever changing world you are bombarded with information 24/7 from a vast range of sources. Never before has it been so important for you to be able to make intelligent judgements about just what it is you are being told - to sort the facts from the fiction, the prejudice from the lies. Having the confidence to think, consider and reach your own informed judgements about what you are being told are the vital skills, regardless of content, that we promote in A Level History.

Exam Board:  AQA  Please look at this link for History (7041, 7042) on the AQA website

Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE History, or if a student achieves Grade 6 in GCSE English Language or Literature then a Grade 5 in GCSE History will be accepted.

Future Opportunities

Studying history at A Level opens a range of career and further education opportunities. You will learn numerous transferable skills that are relevant to many types of employment such as the ability to research for the relevant information and to analyse it in order to identify facts and motives and to present information clearly for others to understand.

These skills provide an excellent foundation for a number of careers, either directly related to history e.g. working in museums, teaching or in areas such as: Journalism Advertising Broadcasting Law Teaching Police Public Relations Management Media Research Marketing. History graduates have a great success rate in rising to senior positions in British management.

Course Content & Assessment

Course Content

Students study 3 components over 2 years.

Component 1: Breadth Study - The Tudors 1485 to 1603

Component 2: Depth Study - The Cold War 1945 to 1991

Component 3: Historical Investigation - 3000 word personal study

Assessment

Components 1 and 2:

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Each component 40% (80% of final A Level)

Component 3:

  • 3,000 - 3,500 word essay
  • 20% of final A Level

ENRICHMENT AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR

The National Archives, Auschwitz, Hampton Court & Tower of London

History Department

Subject Leader Mrs P du Bois
  Miss E Duggan
  Mrs F Manser
  Miss J Mackay
  Mrs G Raybould
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