History

A Level

BASIC COURSE DETAILS

You will focus on two significant periods of change in world history.  One will be a depth study and one a breadth study.  You will be studying political, religious, economic and social aspects of history.

IS IT FOR ME?

You need to enjoy learning about the past.  You will develop skills of research, analysis, interpretation, using sources of evidence and debate.  You must have good literacy skills and enjoy extended writing and reading.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

You will be studying Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1964
This involves the study of Russian history during a time of great change and revolution.  You will learn about the autocratic power of the Tsars and will study the key political, social and economic developments.  The Russian Revolution of 1917 is a fascinating period to study as it saw the fall of the Tsarist regimes and the start of new ideologies such as Marxism.  You will then study the emergence of the Communist dictatorships under Lenin and Stalin and the consequent reactions.
You will be studying Religious Conflict and the Church in England 1529-1570
In this option, you will study a period of major change in the English church and government, focusing on issues which led England to break with Rome and the problems surrounding the establishment of a new Anglican Church and faith. You will learn about the developments, regarding religious changes, in the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I.  You will study other key characters such as Wolsey, Cromwell, Cranmer, Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn and Mary, Queen of Scots.
Three will be a personal study based on a topic of your choice.
This takes the form of an essay of about 3500 words.  You will have a year to complete this essay.

WHAT DOES STUDYING HISTORY LEAD ON TO?

The skills of History open the door to many careers.  These include:
Journalism, media, law, teaching, civil service, politics, the business world, archaeology.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

The course is externally assessed by two exam papers worth 40% each.  You will also complete an extended essay (coursework) which is worth 20% of the marks.

BRIDGING PROJECT

History bridging Project