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History A-level

History remains one of the most respected A Level subjects for students planning to study an Arts based degree at university. Aside from History itself, a good A Level in the subject will make you a strong applicant for degrees in English, Law, Journalism and Teaching.

What do I learn?
You will be following the AQA specification:
First year AS History:

Component 1: Breadth Study
• 1K The Making of a Superpower: USA, 1865–1920
Component 2: Depth Study
• 2M Wars and Welfare: Britain in Transition, 1906–1929
Second year A level History: (previously known as A2):

Component 1: Breadth Study
• 1K The Making of a Superpower: USA, 1865–1975
Component 2: Depth Study
• 2M Wars and Welfare: Britain in Transition, 1906–1957
Component 3: Historical Investigation (Coursework) - The British Social Change 1780-1900

Components 1K and 2M are examined in May/June. Component 3 is based on coursework and is only studied in the second year. There will be a range of regular assignments essays and class based assessments to help you develop your study skills for the next educational step. Individual learning targets are set each term and you will receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets.

You learn in a variety of ways - discussion, group work, independent study, traditional essays, reading and research tasks. There is a balance of challenge and support. You play an active part in your learning and there will be a strong focus on your individual learning needs.
What do I gain?
You will develop the skills necessary for further academic study, such as strong report writing, essay writing and study skills, including presentation skills.

You will also improve the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment, including self-confidence, speaking in front of others, working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time. By the end of the course you will have benefited from individual support, including clear advice about Higher Education and careers.
What do I need?
6 x C grades at GCSE including English at grade B
What do I gain?
With 3 A Levels the possibilities are endless. You can progress to higher education to study a variety of different subjects at Degree level. A Levels also offer a high standard of education which many employers require as part of their entry criteria onto training programmes. Possible routes with a History background: Law (solicitor or barrister), Teaching, Journalism, Publishing and Politics.
What else do I need to know?
• Two official textbooks are required for each unit: AQA’s The Making of a Superpower: USA, 1865–1975 and Wars and Welfare: Britain in Transition 1906-1957.

Components 1 and 2 will be examined in May/June. Component 3 will be based on coursework. You will also have modular exams in some subjects. There will be a range of regular assignments, essays and class based assessments to help you develop your study skills for the next educational step. Individual learning targets are set each term and you will receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets
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