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A-level History

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Exam Board: AQA

History

At Bosworth, students will study the Tudor Monarchs from 1485-1603 (Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I) and Germany 1918-1945 (Democracy and Nazism).

Entry Requirements: Grade 6 and above ideally in GCSE History but we will also accept students who attain a Grade 6 and above in English Language / Literature or any other Humanities subject (e.g. Religious Studies) or Social Science (e.g Sociology or Psychology).

Course Content:

At Bosworth, the A-level History course offers a Breadth Study: The Tudors: 1485-1603 and a Depth Study: Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918–1945.

Unit 1C: The Tudors (1485-1547) focuses on the consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty under Henry VII and Henry VIII.

Unit 2O: This option provides for the study of a period of German history during which a newly-developed democratic form of government gave way to a dictatorial Nazi regime. At AS, students explore the Weimar Republic, 1918–1933: The Establishment and early years of Weimar, 1918–1924, The ‘Golden Age’ of the Weimar Republic, 1924–1928 and The Collapse of Democracy, 1928–1933.

After Year 12, the course continues to Year 13 (A-level). The same Breadth and Depth units are taught.

Students are expected to read books in addition to watching relevant historical documentaries and films such as Wolf Hall, Elizabeth, Schindler’s List, Hitler: The Rise of Evil and The Pianist.

Where Does it Lead?

A-level History is a ‘facilitating’ subject which means that it is preferred by universities to get onto a range of degree courses. It can lead to a career in journalism, teaching, law, the civil service and librarianship to name but a few.

Assessment

AS (Year 12)
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History course is assessed by two 90-minute exams where students are required to answer two questions (one from Section A and one from Section B).

A-level (Year 13)
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The course is assessed by two 150 minute exams where students are required to answer three questions (one from Section A and two from Section B).

Non-Examined Assessment
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Students will also be required to submit a piece of coursework (the Non-Examined Assessment) which is undertaken as an independent piece of research, facilitated by one of the teachers in the History team, and submitted for moderation by the exam board.

The NEA will be between 3,500-4,500 words and we typically choose Russia as our topic for study.

The coursework is worth 40 marks (20% of the total A-level exam).

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