How long does it last? Two years for A Level (A one year AS Level qualification is co-teachable)
Course Code: AQA 7041 (AS Level) AQA 7042 (A Level)
Exam Board Specification: http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/gce/humanities/history_noticeboard.php?id=10&prev=10
Students who take this course:
Will gain insight into a fascinating subject that allows you to learn about some of the greatest personalities and most significant events of the past. Learning about history and the past is important in helping you to understand why things happened and what significance they had.
It is preferable that students should have a B grade or higher in History at GCSE and/or grade 6 in English at GCSE. In exceptional circumstances other candidates may be considered. Students should have an interest in people, their actions and responses to events. Students will need to analyse problems, debate issues, construct arguments and read widely around the subject.
The course looks at a broad spectrum of historical topics. This includes investigating regime change in 15th Century England and the successful consolidation of Tudor power; assessing the extraordinary reign of Elizabeth I in England and her triumph against all odds; and exploring the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War, and their consequences for America. In addition, students will complete an independent enquiry.
Component 1: Breadth Study. The Tudors: England, 1485-1603.
The breadth study enables students to study an extended period of time, and consider issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence. Students will consider how effectively did the Tudors restore and develop the powers of the monarchy? In what ways and how effectively was England governed during this period? How did relations with foreign powers change and how was the succession secured? How did English society and economy change and with what effects? How far did intellectual and religious ideas change and develop and with what effects? How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?
Component 2: Depth Study. The American Dream: Reality and Illusion, 1945-1980.
The depth study provides the opportunity for students to look at a period of major change in depth, focusing on key ideas, events and developments. This option provides for a study in depth of the challenges faced by the USA at home and abroad as it emerged from the Second World War as a Superpower. For many Americans, post-war prosperity realised the ‘American dream’ but the prosperity was not shared by all and significant problems at home and abroad challenged the extent to which the ‘American dream’ was a reality. It explores concepts and ideas such as American identity at home and abroad, anti-communism, social equality, ethnic identities and federal versus states’ rights. It also encourages students to reflect on the nature of democracy in a pluralist society, political protest and the power of the media
Component 3: Historical Investigation. An individual study of approximately 3500 words. The Historical Investigation will enable students to develop the skills, knowledge and historical understanding acquired through independent study and research on a topic of their choice. This will be excellent preparation for the next level of studies at university.