AS Course Outline
Two Year A-Level Course Outline
(Route H: Democracies in Change)
The new A-Level History Specification
At Albemarle, students will learn about Britain and the USA in the 20th century during their first year. This will consist of two components:
Students may sit these two exams in the first summer order to achieve an AS-level qualification. However, this will not contribute to a full A-level qualification. Students will need to sit more challenging versions of these two components in the second year for the full A-level.
What Skills Will I Develop Studying History?
History is a demanding academic discipline that provides wide ranging topics and copious knowledge. It also helps students develop a broad range of skills useful for a wide variety of careers such as law, politics, civil service and journalism. At AS level, students are required to:
History also encourages students to make ethical judgements and to develop skills in reasoning so that fact can be discerned from propaganda. However, alongside its broad academic attributes, history is a subject to be enjoyed as it provides a fascinating narrative and an archive of knowledge and human experience.
Requirements for Students
Students will study History for 5x 1 hour lessons a week and will begin with Paper 1 in the autumn and progress onto Paper 2 in January. Students are expected to attend every class punctually. This is essential if students are to achieve excellence. There will be many assignments which must be completed by set deadlines. There will also be many opportunities to develop examination skills and techniques with frequent mock exams. There will be substantial materials provided for students throughout the course by their teacher.
2 hour 15 minute exam involving three questions
Britain Transformed, 1918-97
This is a broad study about how far Britain was transformed politically, socially, economically and culturally in the years 1918-79.
It will also contain an in-depth study containing historical interpretations of the impact of Margaret Thatcher's government and its consequences in the period 1979-90. Students will need to consider many themes such as how war affected Britain throughout the period, and how the fluctuations of the economy advances in technology impacted on British life.
90 minute exam involving two questions
The USA, c.1920-55: Boom, Bust and Recovery (2H.1)
Students will study both options but they will only be examined on one of them. It will be up to the student to choose between the questions on the day of the exam. The first part concerns America's post-war boom of the 1920s, the Depression, New Deal, impact of the Second World War and anti-communist hysteria. The second part looks at the racial and political protests and the rise of partisanship between Democrats and Republicans. Students will gain insights in the American political process, culture, economics and other wider social factors.
Recommended but not essential reading:
Students should also be aware of the journals History Today and History Review. These are highly recommended to students who have a broad interest in the subject matter and they also include articles about essay writing and applications to universities. Many of such articles will be made available from past editions.
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