AS/A Level History Course
Exam board: WJEC
AS Level:2100QS – A Level:1100QS
History suits students who are interested in how humanity has progressed and the way in which power relationships change with respect rulers and their subjects, and between a nation and the rest of the world. History examines the causes and course of events as well as their consequences, from the long-term to the short. History is the study of the most important of decisions and the impacts they have had.
History stands as a subject in its own right for those who wish to pursue it for their own interest or career, but it is also most useful, both at AS/A2 and Degree level, as a qualification for careers concerned with law, management, the media, and civil service.
To study A Level History you need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4-9 / C or above. You also require grade 5 / C or above including in History.
The AS and A Level Qualification promotes the integrated study of history. It enables learners to
study history through several scales and dimensions, including period, depth and breadth. This will encourage the acquisition of a wide range of historical knowledge and a full range of skills.
AS & A Level Units
Students are given the opportunity to study topics from a substantial and coherent
period of British or European history with an emphasis on developing knowledge and
understanding and reaching substantiated judgements about aspects of the history studied.
Units 2 & 4
Students will study a shorter and coherent element of history in greater depth. The emphasis is on analysis and evaluation of contemporary sources together with understanding of how and why different interpretations of history are formed.
Students are given the opportunity to experience history in breadth as they focus on
change and development over a substantial period of time (at least 100 years) through the
study of two distinct and connected themes.
Student are given the opportunity to complete an extended and independently researched piece of writing which brings together many of the skills developed in other units.
This is a unitised specification which allows for an element of staged assessment. Assessment opportunities will be available in the summer assessment period each year, until the end of the life of the specification.
This specification is divided into a total of five units, two AS units and three A2 units. Weightings noted below are expressed in terms of the full A level qualification.
Access Arrangements allow candidates/learners with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment without changing the demands of the assessment.
For example, readers, scribes and Braille question papers. In this way, Awarding Bodies will comply with the duty of the Equality Act 2010 to make ‘reasonable adjustments’.
We can arrange access arrangements and assess you with our special assessor. The deadline for application to the exam board is the February of the year the learner sits the exams.
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