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Subject Description

History is an ideal A Level course for any student. It not only offers extraordinary perspectives on the past, present and future but it also develops a range of highly sought after specialist and transferable skills. We follow the AQA linear A Level which is made up of a breadth study of the Tudor England: 1485-1603, a depth study of Russia and Dictatorship: 1917-1953 and an independent historical investigation of your choosing. This academically rigorous programme will allow you to gain a breadth of historical knowledge whilst developing key skills in critical analysis, research, presenting arguments and forming considered judgements. The demands of the course will also help you develop an ability to manage your time and work with minimal supervision; skills you will need for your future endeavours whether they be in the world of work or higher education.

Future Destinations:

History is a facilitating subject and remains one of the most widely applicable and highly sought after A Levels by universities and employers alike. It is a highly prized qualification for those wishing to enter careers in Law, Education, Government, Business Management, Journalism and Marketing….in fact the list is endless.


A Level

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Extra Curricular Activities:

Students take part in conferences and excursions in line with the course content. This year we plan to make a visit to Hampton Court Palace.

Entry Requirements:

Grade 5 English, Grade 4 Maths, Grade 5 History
Grade 6+ History

Content and Assessment Breakdown:

Unit One

Component 1: The Tudors: England, 1485–1603

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

• How effectively did the Tudors restore and develop the powers of the monarchy?

• In what ways and how effectively was England governed during this period?

• How did relations with foreign powers change and how was the succession secured?

• How did English society and economy change and with what effects?

• How far did intellectual and religious ideas change and develop and with what effects?

• How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?

Year one: consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty: England, 1485–1547

Year two: England: turmoil and triumph, 1547–1603 (A-level only)

Unit Two

Component 2:  Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia, 1917–1953

This option provides for the study in depth of the coming and practice of communism in Russia. It explores concepts such as Marxism, communism, Leninism, and Stalinism, ideological control and dictatorship. It also enables students to consider issues of political authority, the power of individuals and the inter-relationship of governmental and economic and social change.

Year one: The Russian Revolution and the Rise of Stalin, 1917–1929

Year two: Stalin’s Rule, 1929–1953 (A-level only)

Unit Three

Component 3:  Historical Investigation

This is your opportunity to delve into a period of history that you are interested in and the topic is a free choice. The only restriction is that you cannot cover anything already covered in components 1 and 2. This should take the form of a question in the context of approximately 100 years and be between 3,000-3,500 words.


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