History

Awarding body: OCR:      

History A - Advanced Subsidiary (H105)

History A - Advanced GCE            (H505)

Course content and examination requirements:

OCR’s new specification for History has been designed to encourage students to investigate a variety of exciting and varied topics both from a British and from a non-British point of view.

The new AS and A level syllabi encourage students to develop their interest and enthusiasm for History whilst also developing an understanding of its intrinsic value and significance.  As well as developing a critical understanding of the past, the study of History develops a range of study skills which are invaluable both in the wider world and in higher education. 

Entry requirements:

Grade A in History at GCSE level is a minimum requirement. Candidates need a genuine interest for the past, whilst also having the motivation for independent study.

Relevance to further studies and careers:

History is highly recognised by institutions and employers; historians are found in many professions, especially law and finance. It is a subject that can be combined with many others, especially English, Modern Foreign Languages and RE, but can also be successfully combined with Sciences.

Teaching staff / further information:

Mrs N Gava and Mr J Skidmore

Year 12 - AS History H105

Unit 1 

British Period Study and Enquiry: Y135

England 1445-1509: Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII

(Enquiry topic: Wars of the Roses 1445-1461)

This unit comprises 50% of the total AS.  It is worth 50 marks and is externally assessed by means of a one hour thirty minutes written exam.

Unit 2  

Non British Study: Y236 

Spain 1469— 1556

This topic covers the unification of Spain under Ferdinand and Isabella and traces the rise of the Spanish Empire under Charles V.

The unit comprises 50% of the total AS.  It is worth 50 marks and is externally assessed by means of a one hour thirty minutes written exam.

Year 13 - Full GCE H505

Unit 1

British Period Study and Enquiry: Y105

England 1445-1509: Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII

This module comprises 25% of the total A level and is worth 50 marks and is externally assessed by means of a written exam..

Unit 2

Non British Period Study, Y206

Spain 1469-1556.

This unit comprises 15% of the total A level and is worth 30 marks and is externally assessed by means of a written exam.

Unit 3: Thematic Study and Historical Interpretations. Y305

The Renaissance c 1400– 1600

This unit is worth 40% of the total A level.

Topic Based Essay Y100

This comprises a 3-4,000 word essay based on a topic of personal choice.

It is internally assessed and externally moderated and is worth 20% of the total A level.

Teaching staff / further information: Mrs N Gava