A-Level History

A-Level History

SUBJECT LEADER

Mr J Langford

EXAM BOARD

Edexcel

SPECIFICATION LINK

A-Level History

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Grade 5 in GCSE History. (If GCSE History has not been taken Grade 5 in English)

Why choose A-Level History?

History isn’t a subject that’s stuck in the past. Far from it. Historical events are what have shaped society worldwide into what it is today.
As well as being interesting in its own right, History is a subject which is widely accepted as a good qualification for going on to a variety of further education courses or straight into employment. It is particularly useful for courses in the fields of law and public administration. A detailed knowledge of History will also help you to have a better understanding of current political, economic and social developments.

What you will study in A-Level History?

You will look at a mixture of British and European history as well as some American history in Year 13. Some of the work will involve in-depth studies, looking at a relatively short period of time, whilst other units look at issues and change over more than a hundred years. You will study political, social, economic and military history.
Major topics on the course include:
 Why did England descend into civil war in the seventeenth century?
 How revolutionary was the Glorious Revolution of 1688?
 Why was Tsarist power overthrown in Russia in 1917?
 Why were Lenin and the Bolsheviks able to take power?
 How did African-Americans win the struggle for Civil Rights?
 How have Civil Rights issues been presented in fiction and film?

How you will be assessed in A-Level History?

How you will be assessed in A Level History.
Unit 1 Two essays and one source based question on Britain 1625-1700 – 30% – Exam


Unit 2 One essay and one source based question on Russia 1894-1924- 20% – Exam


Unit 3 Two essays and one source based question on Civil Rights and Race Relations in the USA 1850-2009 – 30% = Exam


Unit 4 Coursework on the causes of the First World War – 20% – Coursework

Additional Information

Example assessment materials:http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/history-2015.coursematerials.html#filterQuery=category:Pearson-UK:Category%2FSpecification-and-sample-assessmentsRevision materials
 My Revision Notes Edexcel AS/A Level History: Britain, 1625-1701: Conflict, revolution and Settlement.
 My Revision Notes Edexcel AS/A Level History: Russia in Revolution, 1894-1924.
 My Revision Notes Edexcel A Level History: Civil Rights and Race Relations in the USA 1850-2009.