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EXAM BOARD: AQA

PROVISIONAL COURSE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
You should have achieved an Average Point Score across all your GCSE subjects of 4+ 4+. It is desirable but not essential to have studied History at GCSE and achieved at least a grade 5.

AIM OF THE COURSE
Our aims are to encourage your interest in history, extend your knowledge, develop your skills of understanding, analysis, and written communication, and ensure you achieve the best A level grade you can.
Students are required to:
• study the history of more than one country
• study a British history option and a non-British history option
• There must be a 200-year time gap between the 2 units.

YEAR 12 SUMMARY
The Year 12 History course consists of two modules
Unit One: The Tudors: England, 1485–1547
This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence through a study of the Tudor monarchy and government.
Unit Two: The Cold War, c1945–1963
This option provides for the study in depth of the evolving course of international relations during an era of tension between communist and capitalist powers which threatened nuclear Armageddon.

YEAR 13 SUMMARY
The Year 13 History course looks to build on Year 12 by exploring the same topics in depth. There is also a personal study of 3500 words on a specific area of history.
Unit Three: England: turmoil and triumph, 1547–1603
Unit Four: from Détente to the end of the Cold War, c1963–1991

CAREER PROSPECTS
The A level qualification is accepted as a qualification for university courses in all subjects. If you choose to specialise in history at university, however, you don’t have to be a historian! A History degree can lead onto careers in journalism, the law, the media, the armed services, the police force, management, the Civil Service, advertising, business, teaching...past students are making successful careers in all of these areas.

 

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