Exam Board & Code : AQA A level: 7042
Course : 2 Years to full A level

What is History A level about?

If you have a passion for finding out about the past, then A Level History is for you. History shapes our understanding of the modern world. The course has been designed to meet the interests of students by balancing elements of Modern European and British History with some of the key events of the 20th century shaping the world in which we live. The course will encourage students to contemplate diverse themes and issues. Over the course of the two years, students will focus on two externally assessed units; Russia 1855-1964 and Modern Britain 1951-2007, examining the fundamental changes that take place in these countries and their impact on the wider world.  These units will form 80% of the A-level sat at the end of the second Year.  In addition to this, students complete a coursework unit entitled "Unification and the Challenge of Nationalism Germany 1789-1890" which examines the nature of change and continuity over a 100 year period and represents the final 20% of their qualification. A Level History is, therefore, an exciting fusion of the past with the present.

Is this course for me?

Are you inquisitive, enthusiastic, determined and committed to study?  If you answered yes to the statements above, then you will enjoy History.  A Level History IS hard work. You will be practising traditional historical disciplines such as evaluating primary and secondary sources, reading and note-taking, but you will also be involved in debates, presentations, group work and ‘hot-seating’ activities.  

What else do I need to know?

History students have their own debating club, the History Appreciation Society. Subject to approval there may be an opportunity for a trip linked to the course units studied.

What do other students say?

A Level History is challenging but rewarding.
The course appealed to me as it was so diverse. It’s great learning about new things, not just what we’ve done at GCSE.
History has helped to develop my general knowledge and helped to improve my skills in other subjects.

Where could it lead?

It combines well with other Arts and Humanities subjects such as English, Sociology, Geography and Psychology, yet it also complements subjects such as Economics and Mathematics.  Both universities and employers rate A Level History very highly. It prepares students very well for careers as diverse as Law, Journalism, Politics, Finance and Management.

How is this course structured?

Unit Content  Unit Assessment
A-Level Component 1: 7042/1H -Tsarist Russia, 1855-1964 
Picking up from Year 12, students will consider, over a 100 year period, the social, economic and political impact of successive authoritarian leaders in the first half of the 20th Century Russia 
Exam assessed

40% of total A Level marks.

2 hours 30 minutes.

A-Level Component 2:  7042/2S – The Making of Modern Britain 1951-2007 
Picking up from Year 12 students will consider the political, social and economic change during the last quarter of the 20th century and first decade of the 21st century.
Exam assessed.

40% of total A Level marks.

2 hours 30 minutes

A-Level Component 3:  7042/3X Coursework 
A personal study of a given topic in the context of a 100 year period.    Coursework piece of approximately 3500 words.
20% of total A Level marks.