What will be in the AQA A-level History Component 1: Breadth study and what time is it happening?

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by Hayley Pearce | 20 May 2019

Date and time of the AQA A-level History Component 1 exam?

The AQA A-level History Component 1 (7042/1A-1L) exam is on the afternoon of Tuesday 21st May 2019. Most exam centres will start the exam at 1.30pm, but check with yours in advance as centres can start exams by up to 30 minutes earlier or later than this time. Most exam centres will tell you to arrive at least 10 minutes before the exam starts.

You will be assessed on the study of significant historical developments over a period of around 100 years and associated interpretations.

The various AQA A-level History Component 1: Breadth study papers are being talked about on The Student Room forums:

AQA A Level History: The Age of Crusades c107-1204 7042/1A 

AQA A Level History: Spain in the Age of Discovery 1469-1598 7042/1B

AQA A Level History: The Tudors 1485-1603 7042/1C

AQA A Level History: Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy 7042/1D

AQA A Level History: Russia in the Age of Absolutism and Enlightenment 7042/1E

AQA A Level History: Industrialisation and the people: Britain 7042/1F

AQA A Level History: Challenge and transformation: Britain 7042/1G

AQA A Level History: Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1964 7042/1H

AQA A Level History: The British Empire c1857-1967 7042/1J

AQA A Level History: The making of a Superpower: USA 1865–197, 7042/1K

AQA A Level History: The Quest for Political Stability: Germany 7042/1L

Official AQA advice on A-level History states: "For the extract question on paper 1, you should identify the argument(s) and evaluate their strengths and limitations using relevant knowledge and understanding, leading to a judgement about how convincing each extract is about the issue in the question."

What to expect from AQA A-level History Component 1

The paper title is AQA A-level History Component 1: Breadth study and the paper lasts for two hours and 30 minutes.

There are 80 marks available in this paper, and it makes up 40% of your AQA A-level History grade. AQA A-level History Component 2: Depth study makes up 40% and Component 3: Historical investigation makes up 20%.

AQA A-level History students can achieve grades A* to E.

Find out more about the linear A-level system.

Make sure you always know the structure of the paper you are sitting. Read the instructions on the paper thoroughly before you start.

There are two sections (Section A and Section B), Section A contains one compulsory question linked to historical interpretations for 30 marks. In Section B, you can choose to answer two of three essay questions for 25 marks each.

Read each question carefully before you start to answer it.

Use the marks available as a guide as to how much time to spend on each question.

Do all rough work in your answer book. Cross through any work you do not want to be marked.

Remember to check your work if you have time at the end.

AQA gives its essential tips for A-level History.

What to bring with you to the AQA A-level History Component 1 exam

  • A black ink or black ball-point pen
  • That's it!

TSR community advice on A-level History

For Tudors revision, TSR member yaspp says: “Maybe try making a list of each topic for each monarch that you struggle with and then make mind maps about it or write it out.”

And EJ_Barker says: “When looking at economy and society I try to think of it very broadly. For example in Elizabeth's reign in society, you would need to assess how the poor and the rich were affected.

Hence you can look at acts such as the poor laws, the statute of artificers 1563 for the poor peoples of society. Then you can look at areas such as the slave trade and joint stock enterprises for rich people.”

A-level results day 2019

If you’re taking AS or A-level exams this year, results day is on Thursday, 15 August.

You will be able to collect your AS or A-level results any time after 6am on results day – the time they're released by the exam boards – as long as your school or college is open.

Go to our exam results homepage for more info.

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