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Exam Board - OCR

Course Content

The A Level course offers a British and non-British period study. It seeks to instil the skills of critical thinking and the formation of an evidence based argument. The A Level specification provides a suitable foundation for the study of History or related courses in further and higher education. The various skills required by the specification provide opportunities for progression directly into employment. Equally, they contribute to students’ lifelong learning, especially through Key Skills. To study A-level History you should be prepared to read, think and evaluate the views of others and your own.
In Year 12, the course covers the following:
Unit 1: British Period Study and Enquiry
The Early Stuarts and the English Revolution 1603-60.
Unit 2: Non-British Period Study
Russia 1894 - 1941
In Year 13, the course covers the following:
Unit 3 Thematic Study and Historical Interpretations
Yet to be confirmed.
Unit 4 Topic Based Essay
Coursework which is an independently researched essay of 3,000 – 4,000 words in length.

Methods of Assessment

                              AS                       A-level                              
Unit 1:                  50%                     25%                     1 hour 30 min exam                          50 marks
Unit 2:                  50%                     15%                     AS - 1 hour 30 min exam                  50 marks
                                                                                           A2 – 1 hour exam                             30 marks
Unit 3:                  ----                        40%                2 hours and 30 min exam                80 marks
 Unit 4:                  ----                        20%               3000 – 4000 word essay                  40 marks

Other Information

All students will be supported with their wider reading during the course.

Entry Requirements

GCSE B in History.