History (OCR)

Why choose this subject?

If you find people and the world they live in fascinating then the history A-Level curriculum at Tabor will further ignite your passion and interest. History will foster the development of critical and reflective thinking with an understanding of historical topics and issues. Furthermore, it will encourage an understanding of the importance of historical awareness in explaining contemporary issues. Our content will create independent learners, thinkers and decision-makers – all of which are personal assets that will make you stand out as you progress to Higher Education and/or the workplace.

Entry requirements:                         B grade or above in history at GCSE (if studied) or a B grade in any predominantly written subject. Level 5 in English Language

Combine this course with:               English literature, English language, a modern foreign language, economics, media studies, religion and philosophy, sociology

Essential if you go on to:                 Law, journalism, politics – national and local government, teaching, heritage and the arts, academic research, museum studies, civil service, librarianship

Course Description

AS Level History

History at Tabor will develop learners’ interest in and enthusiasm for history and an understanding of its intrinsic value and significance. Students will acquire an understanding of different identities within society and an appreciation of aspects such as social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity. They will develop their use and understanding of historical terms, concepts and skills.

Students study two units for AS Level:

Unit 1:   British period study and enquiry: England 1445-1509: Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII (Enquiry topic: Wars of the Roses)

Unit 2:   Non-British period study: The Cold War in Asia 1945-1993

The course is assessed through two examination papers.

Each examination paper is worth 50% of the final AS grade.

A Level History

Students consider the nature of historical sources and the methods used by historians.  They will organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways, arguing a case and reaching substantiated judgements. Students also acquire an understanding of the nature of historical study, for example that history is concerned with judgements based on available evidence and that historical judgements are provisional.

The content of Units 1 and 2 studied for AS are also tested for A level assessment.  They make up 40% of the final A-level grade

Unit 3:   Thematic study and historical interpretations: Popular culture and the witchcraze of the 16th and 17th centuries

Unit 4:   Topic based essay: Learners will complete an historical enquiry on a topic of their choice

Unit 3 is assessed through one examination paper that is worth 40% of the total A-level. Unit 4 is an essay undertaken by students that is worth 20% of the total A-level.