History A AS level

Awarding body: OCR

Qualification: A/S and A Level

Method of assessment: Examination (A/S Level)
Examination & Coursework (A Level)

Course entry requirement:

We expect students to have achieved at least a grade 5 in GCSE English if they have not studied History before. Students who have studied History at GCSE will be accepted if they have achieved a grade B or higher.

Course description and what it will be like:
We offer an exciting and varied approach to history. You will uncover the social and political History of Great Britain, Russia and the USA to provide you with a contrasting understanding of why the world is the way it is today. You will learn to critically appraise the radical changes which have occurred and develop a deep appreciation of the lessons of the past; “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Santayana

We pride ourselves on using not only traditional lectures and discussions in the teaching of this course but of active learning such as role plays, the use of media and of field trips both in Great Britain and abroad. Students will work both in groups and independently, and are expected to read around the topics as directed.

Sixth Form Curriculum HistorySpecification and Units of Study:

Unit 1 : England 1547–1603 The Later Tudors

Examination 50% of marks (A/S) 25% of marks (A level)

Unit 2 : Russia 1894–1941

Examination 50% of marks (A/S) 25% of marks (A level)

Unit 3 : Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992

Examination 40% of marks (A level)

Unit 4 : Independent Investigation

Coursework 20% of marks (A level)

Opportunities for Progression and Career Prospects:

History is a versatile subject which can be combined with many different subjects. Students successfully completing the AS year can choose to progress on to the higher A2 Level to qualify for the full award. History is a firmly established and respected academic subject. It is accepted by all Higher Education establishments as a suitable qualification for a wide variety of degree courses. It is also useful for those considering a range of professional careers such as law, national and local government, management, the armed forces, the police, research, banking, journalism, the media, teaching, and museum and archive work.