History

Course specification: OCR: AS Level H105, A Level H505

History studentContent of AS Level

Unit 1 England 1547-1603: The Later Tudors

This unit comprises both an enquiry topic, focused on the Mid-Tudor Crises of 1547-1558, and a British period study, focused on the reign of Elizabeth I. The period study element of the unit is assessed by essays, which will allow students to develop their use and understanding of historical terms, concepts and skills. In the enquiry element, the focus will be on the critical use of evidence in investigating and assessing historical questions, problems and issues. The sources selected for examination will be a range of types of written sources, contemporary to the period.

This unit is worth 50% of the total AS Level.

Unit 2 The Cold War in Europe: 1941-1995

This unit is a period study of a non-British topic. Students will study the origins of the Cold War in Europe, including the peace negotiations at the end of World War II. Other topics in this unit will include the Soviet dominance of Eastern Europe, NATO and the Warsaw Pact, the opposition to communist rule in Hungary, Poland and Czechoslovakia, the arms race, détente and the break-up of the USSR.

Students will be assessed in a traditional essay on the period and a second essay which considers the ways in which the topic has been interpreted by historians. This unit is worth 50% of the total AS Level.

Content of A Level

Unit 1 England 1547-1603: The Later Tudors

As above but this unit is worth 25% of the total A Level.

Unit 2 The Cold War in Europe: 1941-1995

As above, but students will be assessed in a traditional essay, and by answering a shorter question assessing the significance of two events. This unit is worth 15% of the total A Level.

Unit 3 Civil rights in the USA 1865-1992

This unit comprises thematic studies of African Americans, Trade Unions, Native Americans and women, focusing on the struggle of US citizens to gain equality before the law, along with the factors which encouraged and discouraged change. In addition, students will focus on three depth studies within the period: the ‘Gilded Age’ c1875-1895, The New Deal and civil rights, and Malcolm X and Black Power, with particular reference to how these periods have been interpreted by historians.

This unit is worth 40% of the total A Level.

Unit 4 Topic based essay

This unit consists of an independently researched essay of 3000-4000 words. The essay will be marked internally and moderated by OCR. This unit is worth 20% of the total A Level.

Key skills

  • An enquiring mind
  • An interest in the past
  • An enthusiasm for reading
  • The ability to organise, analyse and communicate ideas in writing

Enrichment opportunities

Sixth Form lectures delivered by university academics

Higher Education and career prospects

History has a reputation for academic rigour and is highly respected by universities and employers of all types. History will teach you how to research, structure and write persuasive arguments and train you to evaluate historical sources. These skills are highly sought-after and lead naturally into careers such as law, journalism, business and management.

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