A Level History is designed to enable students to study different aspects of the past, so that they can engage with key issues such as conflict, understand what drives change and how the past influences the present. It is essential that we all learn from history.
The A Level focuses on four key elements: a breadth study; a depth study; a thematic study and an independent research enquiry. The breadth study chosen is an enquiry into the transformation of Britain in the years 1918 – 97 with a focus on the historical interpretations of Margaret Thatcher’s governments have on Britain. The depth study investigates the boom, bust and recovery of the USA between 1920 and 55. The thematic study focuses on the witchcraze in Britain, Europe and North America c1580 – 1750. The independent research enquiry will be subject to the interests of the students undertaking the A Level
The course on offer at Havelock will follow the AQA Specification. As this is a new course for the academy we want to be flexible and take suggestions for course content from prospective students, so be sure to tell us what you would enjoy studying. Options include: Modern Britain, Nazi Germany, China, Russia, The Tudors, The United States, French Revolution, Italy and the Cold War.
Exam Board: Edexcel
Structure of Course: 80% exam, 20% internally assessed assignment.
Paper 1: Breadth study with interpretations (30%) - assessed by external exam
Paper 2: Depth study (20%) – assessed by external exam
Paper 3: Themes in breadth with aspects in depth (30%) – assessed by external exam
Coursework: Independent research enquiry (25%) – assessed internally
AS: Two exams each of 1 hour 30 minutes.
A2: Two exams each of 2 hour 30 minutes and a 3000-3500 word historical investigation.
An A Level in History is well respected by universities and employers. Many universities will offer a range of history degrees either a standalone courses or combined with other subjects including Politics, Modern Foreign Languages, Geography and plenty more.
A Level History develops a range of transferable skills that are beneficial for students whether they intend to undertake further study after A Level or enter the world of employment. The skills the subject develops compliments a range of subjects at degree level which of course includes History but also others such as Politics, English Literature, Law, Philosophy, Economics and Geography. History degrees can lead to many interesting careers such as Lawyer, Politician, Journalist, Teacher, and Detective as well as within the Civil Service.