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What will I study in A Level History?

The course covers three distinct periods in History. The three topics allow the pupils to gain an understanding of the importance of religion and power in early modern Britain, how Communism was able to take hold in Russia and its importance in twentieth century history and explore the development of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. By studying history, you learn about influential people and events in the past that have shaped the world in important ways.

1D Stuart Britain and the Crisis of the Monarchy, 1603–1702

Lower Sixth - Part one: Absolutism challenged: Britain, 1603–1649

  • Monarchs and Parliaments, 1603–1629
  • Revolution, 1629–1649

Upper Sixth - Part two: Monarchy restored and restrained: Britain, 1649–1702

  • From Republic to restored and limited monarchy, 1649–1678
  • The establishment of constitutional monarchy, 1678–1702

40% of A Level – 2hr 30min Examination in Upper Sixth

There are two sections to the examination – Section A examines historical interpretations and Section B is two essay questions from a choice of three

2N Revolution and dictatorship: Russia, 1917–1953

Lower Sixth - Part one: The Russian Revolution and the Rise of Stalin, 1917–1929

  • Dissent and Revolution, 1917
  • Bolshevik consolidation, 1918–1924
  • Stalin’s rise to power, 1924–1929

Upper Sixth - Part two: Stalin’s Rule, 1929–1953

  • Economy and society, 1929–1941
  • Stalinism, politics and control, 1929–1941
  • The Great Patriotic War and Stalin’s Dictatorship, 1941–1953

40% of A Level – 2hr 30min Examination in Upper Sixth

There are two sections to the examination –Section A examines sources contemporary to the period and Section B is two essay questions from a choice of three

Historical Investigation:

The USA: African-American Civil Rights 1863-1968 – 20% - 3,000 to 3,500 words

Where does A Level History lead?

Studying history broadens the mind and gives you valuable skills. If you study history, you will learn to do many things that are rewarding and that employers and universities value. History is excellent preparation for a large variety of degree courses such as History, Law, English, and Politics. A very wide range of career options are open to history students including, Education, the Civil Service, Local Government, the Professions, Journalism and the Media, Business (manufacturing, retailing and other services), the Armed Forces and many other opportunities.