Examining Board: AQA

History is an excellent vehicle for helping to produce a trained, independent and well-disciplined mind. The methods of study and research involved provide a firm intellectual grounding for a range of future careers.  

Pupils will study:
•Significant events, individuals and issues
•A range of historical perspectives
•The diversity of society
•The history of more than one country or state
•Continuity and change over a period of time
•An element of British history
The specification allows direct progression from the GCSE syllabus currently offered although GCSE is not a prerequisite for taking this course.

A range of options are available for each unit (3 over two years).  Options must focus upon a combination of British/English History and European/World History. This builds on and complements the success of the current GCSE provision, which has offered Modern History topics.  Planned options for the A Level are:

British/English History
The Tudors: England, 1485–1603 - This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period.

European/World History
Revolution and dictatorship: Russia, 1917–1953 - This option provides for the study in depth of the coming and practice of communism in Russia.

Non-Examined Assessment (NEA)
This is an independently researched enquiry addressing a question set in the context of approximately 100 years. Answers must analyse and evaluate a range of primary sources and differing interpretations by academic historians.  Learners will complete a 3000–3500 word essay on a topic of their choice which cannot duplicate study covered elsewhere in the course. This is an internally assessed unit.   



There will be one examination series available each year in June to all learners. Certification is subject to two years study.


AQA also offers the opportunity for learners to undertake a stand-alone AS level course in History covering the same topics as for the A Level.  

AS would be taught alongside the A Level course. There will be one examination series available each year in June to all learners. Learners could continue study leading to the full A Level qualification but would have to sit examinations in the two A Level units at the end of the second year of study and complete the NEA.

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