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Studying A level history not only helps improve students' knowledge of the past but also helps to develop skills that are invaluable in many jobs. Some of the skills include analysing, researching, better communication and problem-solving. Students will learn how to prioritise information and learn how to make vital decisions, helping to build an important skills’ set necessary for progression into university or a career.

Learning outcomes 

The aims and objectives of A’Level History are designed to enable students to: 

● develop their interest in and enthusiasm for history and an understanding of its 

intrinsic value and significance 

● acquire an understanding of different identities within society and an 

appreciation of aspects such as social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity, as 

appropriate 

● build on their understanding of the past through experiencing a broad and 

balanced course of study 

● improve as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective 

thinkers with curious and enquiring minds 

● develop the ability to ask relevant and significant questions about the past and 

to research them 

● acquire an understanding of the nature of historical study, for example that 

history is concerned with judgements based on available evidence and that 

historical judgements are provisional 

● develop their use and understanding of historical terms, concepts and skills 

● make links and draw comparisons within and/or across different periods and 

aspects of the past; and 

● organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in 

different ways, arguing a case and reaching substantiated judgements.

 

Qualification

A level History

Awarding body

OCR- Year 12 students are beginning a new A’Level

Entry requirements

Pass in English and maths, 5 or more grades at 5+ (this can include English and maths), grade 6 in two writing-based subjects such as English, History or RS.

Year 12

  • Bedlington: The Early Stuarts and the Origins of the Civil War 1603–1660 (Enquiry topic: The Execution of Charles I and the Interregnum 1646–1660)
  • Ashington: The Cold War in Europe 1941–1995

Year 13

*From 2022

  • Civil Rights in the USA 1865–1992
  • Topic based essay of 3000-4000 words

Assessment

A level History is assessed through three written examination papers taken at the end of the course of study and a piece of coursework. Each paper is externally assessed whilst the coursework is internally assessed and then sent for moderation by the exam board.  The Early Stuarts and the Origins of the Civil War 1603–1660 (Enquiry topic: The Execution of Charles I and the Interregnum 1646–1660) is worth 25% of the overall mark.  The Cold War in Europe 1941–1995 is worth 15% of the overall mark.  Civil Rights in the USA 1865–1992 is worth 40% of the overall mark and the topic based essay accounts for 20%.

 

 

 

 

Qualification

A level History

Awarding body

Edexcel

Entry requirements

Pass in English and maths, 5 or more grades at 5+ (this can include English and maths), grade 6 in two writing-based subjects such as English, History or RS.

Year 12

NOW FOLLOWING OCR SPECIFICATION

Year 13 

*2021-2022

  • The unification of Germany, c1840–71 
  • Coursework: The assignment will assess the ability to carry out a historical enquiry, analysing and evaluating historical interpretations, and organising and communicating the findings. 

 

Assessment

A level History is assessed through three written examination papers taken at the end of the course of study and apiece of coursework. Each paper is externally assessed whilst the coursework is internally assessed and then sent for moderation by the exam board.  Britain, c1785–c1870: democracy, protest and reform and the witch craze in Britain, Europe and North America, c1580–c1750 are each worth 30% of the overall mark and were studied in Year 12. The units studied in Year 13 are each worth 20% of the overall grade.

 

There is good variety in the topics I have studied and I have learned a lot about Britain and the rest of the world, which has helped me understand what is happening today and sparked an interest in politics. I have enjoyed history so much that I have applied to study it at university.
Year 13 student