History

During the first year of this course the topics studies are linked by the theme of revolutions that span the early modern and modern periods. While the revolutionary upheavals in each country involved the overthrow of existing monarchies, the causes and consequences of these revolutions differed in important ways. Students will study the causes and time frame of the English Civil War and the Russian Revolution, as well as the outcome for the people of Britain and Russia.

In the second year, the course comprises of two parts, an exam and a coursework element. The examination paper involved both aspects of depth and breadth. Together, the topics explore the ways in which Germany evolved as a new state in Europe undergoing dramatic changes of fortune, set within broader long-term social and economic developments (after 1945, these focus on West Germany). A dynamic empire ended in a brutal war and defeat; out of the ashes of imperial Germany, first a democratic republic and then an extraordinary dictatorship came into being, followed once against by democracy and finally a new unity in 1990.

 

A level units

  • Paper 1, Option 1C: Britain, 1625-1701: conflict, revolution and settlement

  • Paper 2, Option 2C.2: Russia in revolution, 1894-1924

  • Paper 3, Option 37.2: Germany, 1871-1990: united, divided and reunited

  • Paper 4, Coursework

 

Paper 1

  • Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes         Marks available: 60      30% of A Level

  • Students answer three questions: One from Section A, Section B and Section C

  • Sections A and B comprise a choice of essays that assess understanding of the period in breadth (AO1)

  • Section C comprises one compulsory question that assess the ability to analyse and evaluate historical interpretations (AO3)

 

Paper 2

  • Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes         Marks available: 40     20% of A Level

  • Students answer two questions: one from Section A and B

  • Section A comprises one compulsory question for the option studied, each part based on one source. It assesses source analysis and evaluation skills (AO2)

  • Section B comprises a choice of essays that assess understanding of the period in depth (AO1)

 

Paper 3

  • Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes        Marks available: 60      30% A Level

  • Students answer three questions: One for Section A, B and C

  • Section A comprises of one compulsory question, assessing source analysis and evaluation skills (AO2)

  • Section B comprises a choice of essays that assess understanding of the period in depth (AO1)

  • Section C comprises a choice of essays that assess understanding of the period in depth (AO1)

 

Paper 4

  • Students complete a single piece of coursework on a question set by the centre

  • 20% A Level

  • It will assess the ability to carry out a historical enquiry, analysing and evaluating historical interpretations.

 

Progression into careers

History offers and impressive range of diverse opportunities and skills, a proven springboard to the career of your choice. The majority of students move on into higher education where History is a sought after A Level. Skills such as research and analysis are high employable both in public and private sectors. History is often used as a gateway into Law, Public relations, Politics, Education and Research along with the myriad of job opportunities in those fields.

 

Length of Course: 2 years

Examination Board: Edexcel A Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progression into careers: History offers and impressive range of diverse opportunities and skills, a proven springboard to the career of your choice. The majority of students move on into higher education where History is a sought after A Level. Skills such as research and analysis are high employable both in public and private sectors. History is often used as a gateway into Law, Public relations, Politics, Education and Research along with the myriad of job opportunities in those fields.

Length of Course: 2 years

Examination Board: Edexcel A Level

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