A Level History

Subject area
A Levels
Duration
2 Years
Type of course
Full Time
Site
FCT

About the course

History isn’t a subject that’s stuck in the past; far from it. Historical events have shaped society worldwide into what it is today.

The A Level History course has been designed to help you understand the value and significance of world events in the past. In the process you’ll gain a deeper understanding social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity. Knowing how people lived in the past helps to understand why people act as they do today.

Subjects covered

AS Level Subject Content
Component 1: Breadth Study: Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855-1964. You will discuss change, continuity, cause and consequence through this dramatic period of social and political change in Russia. In your first year you will study autocracy, reform and revolution in Russia, 1855-1917.
Assessment: Written exam 1 hour 30 minutes

Component 2: Depth Study:
The English Revolution, 1625-1660. You will study in depth of the challenges faced by those in authority in the years before, during and after the English Civil War. This study explores concepts such as Divine Right; arbitrary government, Arminianism, and political and religious radicalism. It also encourages an in-depth understanding of arbitrary government and consensus, authority and opposition and issues of settlement. In your first year you will study the origins of the English Civil War, 1625-1642.
Assessment: Written exam 1 hour 30 minutes

A Level Subject content
Component 1: Breadth Study: Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855-1964. You will discuss change, continuity, cause and consequence through this dramatic period of social and political change in Russia. In your second year you will study the Soviet Union, 1917-1964. Your final exam will cover what you learned over the two year period of study.
Assessment: Written exam 2 hours 30 minutes

Component 2: Depth Study: The English Revolution, 1625-1660. You will study in depth of the challenges faced by those in authority in the years before, during and after the English Civil War. This study explores concepts such as Divine Right; arbitrary government, Arminianism, and political and religious radicalism. It also encourages an in-depth understanding of arbitrary government and consensus, authority and opposition and issues of settlement. In your first year you will study radicalism, republic and restoration, 1642-1660. Your final exam will cover what you learned over the two year period of study.
Assessment: Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

Component 3: Historical investigation

A personal study of 3,000 – 3,500 words based on a topic of student's choice within the broad theme of social change in the twentieth century. It will draw upon the skills you have developed in investigating and interpreting primary and secondary sources. Teacher guidance will be provided.

Resources required
Students will need to purchase a textbooks for both AS and A Level.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grade A*-C/grade 4 including English Language and Maths grade 4 or above.

Further subject information can be obtained from the
Examination board website at: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/history/as-and-a-level/history-7041-7042