"Study the past if you would define the future" is a quotation from Confucius which strongly relates to A level History. The study of History will enhance your knowledge of the past and equip you with valuable skills which will aid you in a life beyond 6th Form.
Through the study of The Wars of the Roses and The Crusades, you will examine historical themes including warfare, religion, politics and their cause and consequence in a way that will allow you to develop a wide range of skills to confidently analyse, interpret and comment on the past.
AS and A Level
- Grade B in GCSE History (if studied)
- Level 6 in GCSE English Language
In Year 12, you will study a range of topics, including:
The Age of the Crusades, 1071 – 1149
- The Origins of Conflict and the First Crusade, 1071 – 1099
- The Foundation of New States and the Second Crusade, 1099–1149
The Wars of the Roses, 1450 – 1471
- The Origins of Conflict, 1450 – 1459
- The War of the Barons, 1459 – 1461
- The Triumph of the Yorkists, 1461 – 1471
In Year 13, you will build on your first year of study, exploring topics in more breadth and depth:
The Age of the Crusades, 1071 – 1204
- The Muslim Counter-Crusades and Crusader States, 1149 – 1187
- The Third and Fourth Crusades, 1187–1204
The Wars of the Roses, 1450 – 1499
- ‘The Sun in Splendour’: The Reign of Edward IV, 1471 – 1483
- The Downfall of the Yorkist Monarchy, 1483 – 1486
- The End of the Yorkist Dynasty, 1486 – 1499
In addition, you will also undertake a historical investigation - a personal study based on a topic of your choosing, focused on a period of approximately 100 years.
How will the course be assessed?
At the end of Year 12, you will be entered for the AS level in History. This will assess the content and skills covered in the first year of study.
- Exam: The Age of the Crusades – 1.5 hours – 50% of AS level
- Exam: The War of the Roses – 1.5 hours – 50% of AS level
At the end of Year 13, you will be entered for the A level in History. This will assess the content and skills covered in both years of study.
- Exam: The Age of the Crusades – 2.5 hours – 40% of A level
- Exam: The War of the Roses – 2.5 hours– 40% of A level
- Coursework: Historical Investigation – 20% of A level
Note that this is a reformed A level. This means that the grades obtained for the AS level do not contribute to the final A level grade.