A Level History (Reformed 2015)

What is History?

Students can choose a course based around the study of Late Modern History. Late Modern courses centre on the development of nation states, totalitarianism and liberal democracy. As such, they combine well with Politics and Economics as well as the more usual Humanities, such as English and Languages.

What sort of student does it suit and what will you get out of the course?

Because of its emphasis on analysis and essay-writing skills, A level History is regarded very favourably by many universities as preparation for vocational courses, such as Law.

During the course, students develop their knowledge of a range of historical periods and work on
analytical and evaluative skills. The course is particularly suited to those who take an interest in current affairs and want to understand how historical events shape the world today.

AS Level

MPW approach to AS level study

There is an emphasis on source evaluation and the acquisition of knowledge in breadth and depth. Wide reading and independent research is required. Regular homework and timed assignments to practise essay-writing skills, source analysis and factual knowledge are provided.

AS Specification AQA 7041

The first part of the corresponding full A level option. This involves the study of significant historical developments and associated historical interpretations.

Paper 1
Breadth Study
2 questions, one compulsory linked to interpretations.
Options are:

  • Tsarist Russia 1855-1917
  • The making of a Superpower: USA 1865-1914

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

Paper 2
Depth Study
2 questions, one compulsory linked to interpretations.
We will be studying :

  • The Making of Modern Britain 1951-1979

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

Reading list

A specific reading list will be supplied when options are chosen.

A Level

MPW approach to A level study

There is an emphasis on source evaluation and the acquisition of knowledge in depth. Wide reading and independent research is required. Regular exercise of essay-writing skills and testing of factual knowledge is provided.

A Level Specification AQA 7042

The full two-year A level course, comprising the study of topics in breadth and depth over periods of at least 200 years.

Paper 1
Breadth Study
Study of historical issues and interpretations over 100 years
2 essay questions from 3
Options are:

  • Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1964
  • The Making of a Superpower: USA 1865-1975

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

Paper 2
Depth Study
We will be studying The Making of Modern Britain 1951-2007

2 essay questions from 3
Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

Coursework: The European Witch-Hunt 1560-1660
A personal study of c. 3000 words comprising an analysis of an historical issue over a period of 100 years.

Reading list

A specific reading list will be supplied on request.

Click  - Full specification details for more information.