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Studying History provides a good, academic grounding for numerous careers including Teaching, Lecturing, Research, Archaeology, Civil Service, Museums, Advertising, Public Relations, Broadcasting, Journalism, Management and Law.

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: AS / A2
Exam Board: AQA
Requirements: Grade 6 or above in GCSE History recommended
Course Content
Unit 1: 1H Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855 – 1964
Unit 2: 2S The Making of Modern Britain, 1951–2007
Unit 3: A personal study based on a topic of students choice, but the assessment must be based over a period of 100 years. It must not be on the same topic taught in Unit 1 or 2, and the case study needs to start in 1750 or earlier.
Style Of Assessment
AS (All exams sat at the end of year 12 – AS results do not count towards the final exam)
Unit 1: (first half of the course)
• Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
• Two questions (one compulsory) 50 marks and 50% of A
Unit 2: (first half of the course)
• Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
• Two questions (one compulsory) 50 marks and 50% of AS

A LEVEL (All exams sat at the end of year 13 – 100% of the course)
Unit 1:
• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
• Three questions (one compulsory – source based) 80 marks – 40% of A–level
Unit 2:
• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
• Three questions (one compulsory – source based) 80 marks – 40% of A-level
Unit 3 (coursework):
• 3,000 – 3,500 words
• 40 marks – 20% of A–level marked by teachers & moderated by AQA
Whose kind of course?
History will suit you if you:
• enjoy investigation and discovery
• enjoy debate and putting forward a well-argued case
• want to improve your analytical skills
• enjoy working more independently
• want to examine evidence and make up your own mind
• enjoy reading
• can express yourself clearly in extended writing

Stretch and challenge - Aiming for A*:
Independent research projects and presentations
Involvement in the Lessons from Auschwitz Project
Inspirational guest speakers
Educational visits to museums and conferences
Career Prospects
Studying History provides a good, academic grounding for numerous careers including Teaching, Lecturing, Research, Archaeology, Civil Service, Museums, Advertising, Public Relations, Broadcasting, Journalism, Management and Law.
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