History

A-LEVEL HISTORY

Faculty: Humanities and Communications
Subject: A-Level History
Subject Leader: Mrs Stocks, Head of History
Staff and Responsibility: Mr Coyle & Miss Phipps, History Teachers
Exam Board: Edexcel

ASSESSMENT FORMAT

Paper 1 – Britain Transformed 1918 – 1997 (30%)
2 hours and 15 minutes exam.

Paper 2 – The USA Challenge and Conformity 1955 – 1992 (20%)
1 hour and 30 minutes exam

Paper 3 – The British Experience of Warfare c.1790 – 1918 (30%)
2 hours and 15 minutes exam.

A-Level History also requires a 3,000 – 4,000 Historical investigation piece of coursework analysing and evaluating historical interpretations on the Vietnam War.

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

Course content
Edexcel History A-Level course consists of 4 modules: A British Period study, a non-British Period study, a Thematic Study and a non-examined assessment (coursework). Both period studies are taught in Year 12, and the Thematic Study along with the coursework are taught in Year 13.

British Period Study: Britain Transformed 1918 – 1997
Taught in Year 12, students will study the impact of both world wars on Britain – socially, economically, culturally and politically as well as the changing political landscape of Britain with an interpretations-based case study on Margaret Thatcher.

Depth Study: The USA Challenge and Conformity 1955 – 1992.
Taught in Year 12, students will study the USA from post 1945 affluence, through racial and political protests in the 1960s to the rise of right wing groups in the 1980s and the development of bitter divisions between Democrats and Republicans.

Thematic Study: The British Experience of Warfare, c.1790 – 1918.
Taught in Year 13, this unit combines a breadth and depth topic exploring the British experiences in different aspects of major overseas conflicts and the changing relationship between the state and the people. Conflicts covered are Britain and the French Wars, The Crimean War, the Second Boer War and the First World War.

Historical Investigation
During the A-Level course students will also undertake an independent study of 3,000 – 4,000 words, fully evaluating historical interpretations to explore a question around the Vietnam War.

To access this course a minimum GCSE level of 5 is required.

POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS

History is a valuable and respected qualification which is welcomed by employers and further educational establishments. It is considered particularly useful for careers in journalism, law, the civil service, publishing, broadcasting, accountancy, archaeology and teaching.

OTHER

Educational visits of a Historical nature are regularly planned throughout the academic year, for example to the First World War Battlefields in Belgium and France and to Parliament as well as museums and library visits.

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