Interpreting your History A level pre-release materials -

Interpreting your History A level pre-release materials

What is the Advanced Information

The main aim is to help you use your revision time effectively. In the case of History, you will see that the advice is different for each of your written papers (1G and 2Q) and it consists of a list of topics which will be the “major focus” of questions in those exams.

Around half the sub-topics are ‘in’ and half are ‘out’. So, for the first period covered by Paper 1G, Reform and Challenge 1851-1886, you may expect questions on sub-topics 3, 4 and 6 on the specification, but not 1, 2 and 5. This suggests it might be a mistake to focus your revision on Gladstone and Disraeli, say. You are more likely to be asked about the onset of Depression or land agitation. Similarly, revising for Paper 2Q, you might want to devote attention to McCarthyism and the Watergate Affair while spending rather less time on Eisenhower (and the whole 1952-60 period) or on Henry Kissinger. Please take the time to digest the detail in these lists.

Study the Whole Course

If a topic is not on the list, it does not mean you can ignore it. Every topic on the specification may be relevant to the answer of some question or the focus of a question with a smaller number of marks.

Our general advice is to complete all lessons but to keep this list of topics close to hand during the revision process and make sure you are particularly well prepared to answer questions on all these named topics.

Key Takeaways

  • If a topic is not on the list, it does not mean you can ignore it
  • complete all lessons and Tutor Marked Assignments
  • Use the Advanced Information to tailor your revision

Subject Updates

AQA may issue updated information or additional guidance at any point.  Please check the subject page for History regularly.

AQA | AS and A-level | History | Changes for 2022

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