A Level History

Why Study?

At Immanuel we teach the AQA GCE History specification. This means that in the courses we offer we think about the ‘WHY’ and the ‘HOW’ of history, not just the ‘WHAT’. Students have to consider what history is all about and then apply this to look at specific individuals, themes and periods of time. The course allows students to build on the skills and knowledge they’ve acquired at key stage 3 and GCSE level. It will appeal to independent learners with curious and enquiring minds, people who like to think critically and reflectively; people who are able to recognise multiple sides of an argument and feel comfortable communicating their own as well as different interpretations of history. Students will ask questions, make links and draw comparisons, evaluate evidence and organise their ideas to reach substantiated judgements. The subject appeals to well-rounded individuals who are committed to self-improvement, including ‘reading around’ the subject at home. If you would like to build upon the historical skills you’ve developed up to this point then choose GCE history!

Course Content

AS Level

British History; ‘The Tudors, England 1485 – 1603’ (The reigns of King Henry VII and King Henry VIII)   

Examination: 1 hour 30 minutes – 1 question on historical interpretations, a choice of completing one of two essay questions

Non-British History; ‘Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia, 1917-53’ (The Russian Revolution of 1917 to the emergence of Stalin as Russian leader)

Examination: 1 hour 30 minutes - 1 question on primary/contemporary sources, a choice of completing one of two essay questions

Historical Investigation – A personal study centred on the topic of anti-Semitism across Europe the years 1848-1945. Year 12 involves the planning and development of the study.

A- Level

British History; ‘The Tudors, England 1485 – 1603’ (Studies of the reigns of each of Henry VIII’s children; Edward, Mary and Elizabeth)  

Examination: 2 hours 30 minutes - 1 question on historical interpretations, a choice of completing two of three essay questions

Non-British History; ‘Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia, 1917-53’ (An examination of Russia as a dictatorship under Stalin’s control.)

Examination: 2 hours 30 minutes - 1 question on primary/contemporary sources, a choice of completing two of three essay questions

Historical Investigation – The continuation of the study begun in year 12. Year 13 will involve completing and entering the study with the exam board.

Progression Routes

The skills which students develop at AS/A Level level history make it a well-respected and valued qualification for a wide variety of University courses and in a range of careers. The most obvious skills that an A level history student acquires are those of decision making, communication, analysis, empathy and interpersonal skills and discerning fact from opinion. There are many things you can do with a history qualification besides being a history teacher! For example; law, politics, the civil service, print or broadcast journalism, the heritage industry, restoration work, business management, gallery / museum work or architecture.

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