A Level History
Exam Board: AQA
Why study this subject?
A Level History encourages students to question and interpret different accounts of historical events and justify their own point of view. This subject also helps to develop the ability to read critically, evaluate evidence, write persuasively and sustain an argument. This subject is for those who enjoy reading, problem solving and discussion.
How is this course assessed?
|Paper 1Breadth Study
Tsarist and Communist Russia
|2 hours 30 min exam 40%||· Trying to preserve autocracy 1855-1894· The collapse of Autocracy 1894-1917
· The emergence of the Communist dictatorship
· The Stalinist dictatorship & reaction
|Paper 2Depth Study
Religious Conflict and the Church in England 1529-1570
|2 hours 30 min exam 40%||· The Church in c1529· The break from Rome c1529-1537
· Change & reaction, 1536-1547
· A more Protestant Nation
· The restoration of Papal Authority
· The establishment of the Church of England
|Paper 3Historical Investigation (Coursework)
The Fight for Irish Independence 1823 -1921
|3,000-3,500 word essayA personal study on a question selected by the students
|· Daniel O’Connell & The Catholic Association’s fight for emancipation· The Potato Famine
· The Land League
· Constitutional Nationalism
· Revolutionary Nationalism
· The Ulster Volunteer Force
· Easter Rising
· Irish Republican Army
· Partition of Ireland
Where can this subject lead?
Studying history can give students skills which are highly prized in higher education and by employers. History students often go on to study law, history and many other degrees. History is regarded as a facilitating subject by the Russell Group Universities.
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Wreake Valley Sixth Form prospectus