The course studied follows the AQA examination board and covers an English Tudor breadth study and a modern American depth study. The Non-Examined component (NEA) is an extended piece of work on Aspects of the Atlantic Slave Trade. There are three main components to the course:
• Component One: The Tudors: England 1485-1603
• Component Two: The American Dream: Reality Dream & Illusion 1945-1980
• Component Three: An extended piece of independently researched work based around the theme of the Atlantic Slave Trade c.1700-1833. Students are able to select specific questions according to their area of interest.
A Level Examination (in Y13)
Component One: The Tudors: England 1485-1603. Written Paper 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of A level).
Component Two: The American Dream: Reality Dream & Illusion 1945-1980. Written Paper 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of A level).
Component Three: A Personal Study: 3,500-4,000 words on Aspects of the Atlantic Slave Trade (20% of A level).
It is not essential to have studied History at GCSE although this is an advantage. Any student choosing to take A level History will be expected to have at least a grade 5 in GCSE History if studied, and a grade 5 in GCSE English or English Literature.
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History is a broad subject which develops a range of transferable skills that are highly valued by leading employers and Higher Education institutions. Historians are found in many of Britain’s leading firms and institutions, where their skills of analysis, synthesis, argument and rational presentation are highly sought after. The broad nature of the subject compliments a range of other disciplines including English, Business and Economics, Politics and International Relations and the Social Sciences. History is particularly highly valued by employers in the areas of law, journalism, broadcasting, archaeology and business.