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Type of Qualification:
A Level
Exam Board:
Grade 6 or above in GCSE History recommended

Course Content

Unit 1: 1H Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855–1964:

This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:

  • How was Russia governed and how did political authority change and develop?
  • Why did opposition develop and how effective was it
  • How and with what results did the economy develop and change?
  • What was the extent of social and cultural change?
  • How important were ideas and ideology?
  • How important was the role of individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?


Unit 2: 2S The Making of Modern Britain, 1951–2007:

This option provides for the study in depth of the key political, economic, social and international changes which helped to mould Britain in the second half of the 20th century. It explores concepts such as government and opposition, class, social division and cultural change. It encourages students to reflect on Britain’s changing place in the world as well as the interrelationship between political policies, economic developments and political survival.

Unit 3: A personal study based on a topic of student’s choice:

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. It will allow students to:

  • ask relevant and significant questions about the past and undertake research
  • develop as independent learners and critical and reflective thinkers
  • acquire an understanding of the nature of historical study
  • organise and communicate their knowledge and understanding in a piece of sustained writing.

Style Of Assessment

A LEVEL All exams sat at the end of Year 13 and account for 80%

Both Unit 1 and 2 will consist of:

  • A written exam which is 2 hours 30 minutes
  •  Three questions (one compulsory – source based) 80 marks
  • 40% of A Level


  Unit 3 (coursework):

  • Extended writing of between 3500 and 4500 words which needs to identify and investigate a period of change and continuity within a context of approximately 100 years

Whose kind of course?

History will suit you if you:

  • enjoy investigation and discovery
  • enjoy debate and putting forward a well-argued case
  • want to improve your analytical skills
  • enjoy working more independently
  • want to examine evidence and make up your own mind
  • enjoy reading
  • can express yourself clearly in extended writing


 Stretch and challenge – Aiming for A*:

  • Independent research projects and presentations
  • Inspirational guest speakers
  • Educational visits to museums and conferences

Career Prospects

By studying History you will be taught to understand the significance of historical events, the role of individuals in history and the nature of change over time. You will develop a deeper understanding of the past through political, social, economic and cultural perspectives. These transferable, analytical skills will serve you well in a number of different professions including:

  • Broadcasting
  • Journalism
  • Advertising
  • Law and management
  • Teaching and Lecturing
  • Research
  • Archaeology
  • Civil Service
  • Public Relations