AQA History AS – 7041; History A Level – 7042
Why study History?

An AS or an A Level in History gives you knowledge and skills which will prepare you for higher education and which are also useful in any career. History helps students develop a number of new skills including: assembling and assessing data, investigating facts and making judgements and how to put over your point of view fluently, and is consequently, highly regarded by universities and employers alike.

Course Requirements

5 GCSEs (A*- C) including English.   GCSE History is desirable but not essential

Component 1: Breadth Study – Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1964
Component 2: Depth Study – The English Revolution 1625-1660
Component 3: Historical Investigation into 100 years of German History
AS and A Level History provide students with the opportunity to excel in a traditional academic subject, which is well-respected by universities.  Students develop a number of key skills that will help them succeed at degree level, and in their chosen career path.  These include the ability:
  • to critically evaluate the past and present
  • to select, organise and structure information into a coherent essay
  • to conduct historical enquiries and come to a substantiated judgement
  • to develop independence of thought, and to present convincing arguments
Course Outline

Unit 1: Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1964 HIS 1H
Part one: Autocracy, Reform and Revolution: Russia, 1855–1917
  • Trying to preserve tsarist rule, 1855–1894
  • The collapse of autocracy, 1894–1917
Part two: The Soviet Union, 1917–1964 (A-level only)
  • The emergence of the communist state, 1917–1941
  • The Stalinist dictatorship and reaction, 1941–1964
Unit 2: The English Revolution 1625-1660 HIS 2E
Part one: The origins of the English Civil War, 1625–1642
  • The emergence of conflict and the end of consensus, 1625–1629
  • An experiment in absolutism, 1629–1640
  • The crisis of Parliament and the outbreak of the First Civil War, 1640–1642
Part two: Radicalism, Republic and Restoration, 1642–1660 (A-level only)
  • War and radicalism, 1642–1646
  • The disintegration of the political nation, 1646–1649
  • Experiments in government and society, 1648–1660
Unit 3: The Historical Enquiry into 100 years of German History
  • Germany’s changing relationship with her European neighbours over the 100 year period
  • The impact of the two world wars on Germany
  • The influence of France and the Soviet Union on Germany’s historical development
  • The importance of the economy and nationalism on Germany’s historical path or ‘Sonderweg’ 
  • The reasons for the re-unification of Germany in 1991

How the Course is Assessed
    Component 1
    1 hour 30 minutes written examination (50 per cent of the AS)
    2 hours 30 minutes written examination (40 per cent of the A Level)
    Component 2
    I hour 30 minutes written examination (50 per cent of AS) 
    2 hours 30 minutes written examination (40 per cent of A Level)
    Component 3
    3,000 – 3,500 word written assignment (20 per cent of the A Level)

    Links to Careers
      Law, Teaching, Archivist, Museum or heritage work, Academic research, Politics, Archaeology

      Links to University
      BA in History, Politics, Philosophy, Law, English and Economics
      Syllabus: AS/A Level History
      Examination Board: AQA History AS – 7041 ; History A Level – 7042
      More Information: Mr G Dumuje   gdumuje@kingsleyacademy.org