The A Level History course is a 2 year A Level which comprises of 3 units:
- Breadth Study – Tsarist & Communist Russia, 1855 – 1964
This involves studying the nature of causes and consequences of change and continuity and of similarity and differences over a long period of time, the links between perspectives, such as political, economic, social or religious as well as appreciating developments relating the perspectives separately over time and the role played by individuals, groups, ideas or ideology. The unit focuses on political change in Russia over the time period and how these changes impact on social and economic strands within Russia as it moved from being a Tsarist state to a Communist state. This is explored through the role of individuals such as Lenin, Stalin and Khrushchev.
- Depth Study – The Making of Modern Britain, 1951-2007
Each ‘Depth’ study is focussed on a significant period of historical change or development. Students will gain deep understanding of change and continuity through the study of the interrelationships of a variety of perspectives. The unit focuses on the Conservative era and the affluent society of the 1950’s , the social changes which occurred during the Sixties thanks to a move to a Labour government. The unit moves through further social and economic change brought about during the Thatcher era and the legacy of New Labour during the 1990’s and into the new millennium.
- A Historical Investigation
Students will be required to identify an issue they wish to study and develop a question from this issue which will be the focus of the historical investigation. The issue to be investigated has to be placed in the context of approximately 100 years. Through undertaking the historical investigation, students will develop an enhanced understanding of the nature and purpose of history as a discipline and how historians work.
History Course Breakdown and Method of Assessment
|Breadth Study - Tsarist & Communist Russia||Depth Study - Modern Britain||Historical Investigation|
|Length||2 hours 30 minutes||2 hours 30 minutes||3000-3500 word written investigation|
|Score/Percentage towards grade||80 Marks (40% of A Level)||80 Marks (40% of A Level)||40 Marks (20% of A Level)|
|Question Type||One compulsory question on historical interpretations|
Two from three 25 mark essay questions
|one compulsory question on historical interpretations|
Two from three 25 mark essay questions
If students have studied History at Key Stage 4 a B is desirable. Other circumstances or teachers recommendation will be considered.
GCSE English at grade 5 is a requirement. The requirements for a Grade 5 in English is borne out of the extensive writing required at History A Level. Students need to display a range of skills including interpretation, justification and analysis and need to be able to convey an in-depth understanding of historical themes through the use of quotes and evidence within answers. As a result, students need the ability to construct answers which are coherent and succinct.
What type of student is this course suitable for?
The A Level course is suitable for anyone with a passion for History. You really should have a desire to further your knowledge and understanding of the subject. You must be keen to explore ideas, concepts and theories in-depth, both in the classroom and through wider reading. You should want to find out information for yourselves and not just rely on the classroom as a learning environment. We would expect our students to have a sound grasp of key historical events and figures and the impacts they have played as well as read newspaper articles, web journals, etc. to further their knowledge and understanding.
Where could this course take you?
An A Level in History can lead to further education routes which specialise in specific areas of History such as Ancient Civilisations and International Relations. The A Level also provides a foundation for a route into careers such as journalism, law, art criticism, archaeology, museum curator, education – both teaching and lecturing, archivist, military analyst and civil servant.
What our students say?
“The content of the course sounded really interesting and was a subject that I regretted not taking for GCSE. It also complemented my other A Level choices.”
“I chose History because I enjoyed it at GCSE and because it works well with my other subjects and aids my university application.”
“I feel I understand more about why events happen and their significance. I have enjoyed the challenge that comes with History as there is lots to learn and lots to understand.”
“I have learned that events can be interpreted in different ways and how my own ideas fit into the bigger picture.”
The teachers are passionate about their subject, meaning that each topic is enjoyable and is interesting to learn about.”