History at KS5 (Years 12-13)

History in the sixth form is optional. At KS5 we follow the WJEC course. History can be studied for one year (AS only) or two years at Advanced level (A2). The course is modular, consisting of a total of four modules.

 

AS History Specification (Year 12)

Unit HY1– Period Study: Aspects of the History of Wales and England, c.1483-1603 (Tudor Britain)
Assessment: 1 hour 40 minutes- two essay style questions (30%)
120 marks (UMS)

Unit HY2– In-Depth Study: The German Reformation c.1500-1555
Assessment: 1 hour 20 minutes- one set of questions (20%)
80 marks (UMS)

A Level History Specification (Year 13)

Unit HY3– Internal assessment on an aspect of the In-depth study (HY2)
Assessment: One personal assignment of 3000-4000 words (20%)
80 marks (UMS)

Unit HY4: Topics and themes relating to the Period Study (HY1) and the chosen In-Depth study (HY2)
These include:
•Mary Stuart and England’s relations with Catholic powers, c.1568-1588 (General topic)
•Poverty, Vagrancy and the poor in Wales and England, c.1483-1603 (Outline theme)
•The Peasant’s War c.1521-1525 (In-Depth study)

Assessment: 2 hours 30 minutes- three questions from six (30%)
120 marks (UMS)

Key Skills

The following key skills can be developed through the study of History at GCSE:-

•Communication
•Problem-solving
•Information and Communication Technology
•Working with Others
•Improving Own Learning and Performance
•Application of Number

History and future careers

History provides many valuable skills essential for a whole variety of occupations from law to business. It also allows students to investigate many different aspects of the past that they will find interesting and which are still relevant in today’s world.
History Combinations
History combines well with many subjects, in particular English, Geography, RS, Languages, Economics, Sociology, Art, Music and Drama. It can also be a refreshing addition to any A level course, including the Sciences.

History Combinations

History combines well with many subjects, in particular English, Geography, RS, Languages, Economics, Sociology, Art, Music and Drama. It can also be a refreshing addition to any A level course, including the Sciences.

Future Careers or Study

History is a useful A level qualification for students going on to university to study a range of courses or for students going straight into a career. It can lead to study or work in law, journalism, research work, e.g. for television, police work, archaeology, archives, librarianship, teaching, social work or any career which requires the study of an academic subject.

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