Exam Board Entry Requirements Subject Leader
AQA Grade 6 at GCSE Mrs K Ladly

The department aims to promote an interest in and understanding of History and its impact on the modern world. We aim to give students a range of experiences in the study of the subject including a variety of time periods and both breadth and depth studies. A Level skills are similar to GCSE, but we will teach you to develop them to a  higher level. We will also encourage you to work more independently, and you will need to be ready to join in discussions. Students enjoy going into topics in more depth than at GCSE and arguing different historical interpretations.

Classes are taught by two members of staff, each of whom specialises in a particular unit. You are led through a carefully planned programme of skills enabling you to make the transition from GCSE to A level. You will then be expected to do set reading before lessons, so that you are able to come ready to discuss, as discussions form the basis of many lessons. Source work is practised in lessons, and model essays planned, or marked ones reviewed. Videos and DVDs are used and where possible visits to historically relevant sites. There is also a library of books in the history office, and you will be encouraged to read widely. You will learn how to weigh up evidence and form a balanced judgement of your own. You will also learn how to write a clear and precise argument. You will develop techniques for answering source questions. You will need to be prepared to read widely and take notes and must also be prepared to take a full part in discussions.


Unit 1: Tsarist and Communist Russia (1855-1964)

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Unit 2: The Wars of the Roses (1450-1499)

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Unit 3: Irish Nationalism (1923)

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Assessment will focus on the writing of analytical and evaluative essays and the analysis of historical evidence and interpretations of History. It will include examined options and an individual enquiry. Students undertake two examinations each worth 40% of the grade, on Units 1 and 2 respectively, and a examined assessment worth 20% of the grade. The two written examinations last for 2 hours and 30 minutes each


Progression into Higher Education/Vocational Destinations

History is designated by the Russell Group universities as a facilitating subject and as such carries considerable weight when applying to study any course at their institutions. There are some direct applications of the study of history, the more obvious ones being teaching, lecturing and research. However, there are many areas where prospective employees will benefit from the skills acquired through studying history at degree level. A degree in history indicates that the student has the capacity to analyse large quantities of information, solve problems and make judgements on them. These are the sort of skills useful in law, journalism, politics, civil service, and many others. All managers and executives require the analytical and decision making skills which are taught.