Previous study of History is preferred but not essential. Students must have a grade 5 pass in English Language and grade 5 or better in History if they took it at GCSE. History is for students with an enquiring mind who enjoy analysing different viewpoints of the past and can construct logical, well supported arguments.
The course followed is entitled: Revolutions in Early Modern and Modern Europe. Students will study this aspect of the course in year 12 and sit AS exams based on the content. In year 13 they will sit a more demanding version of the same paper. AS results do not count towards the full A-level. In year 13 students will study Civil rights and race relations in the USA, 1850–2009 as well as completing an independent study on the February Revolution in Russia.
This unit covers a tumultuous period of British history that saw two revolutions, the execution of a King, Civil War, Republican rule and the Restoration of the British monarchy. This is the story of how Britain became the modern parliamentary democracy that we know today. In addition to the political changes within the country, changing attitudes towards social hierarchy and religious struggles will also be examined. Students will also assess the emergence of the British Empire and its expanding economy.
This unit covers the collapse of the 300 year-old Romanov dynasty under the reign of Nicholas II and the emergence of Communist Russia led by Lenin. Students will study the social make-up of Russia at the start of this period and will trace the various problems that culminated in three revolutions- 1905, February 1917 and October 1917.
This unit is divided into two. Students will study:
This is an independently researched essay of 3,000 – 4,000 words that looks at an area of historical controversy. This option has been chosen to enhance students’ understanding of the Paper 2 module as well as ensuring that students have studied the events in class before completing their independent assignment.
A-level History complements most Arts subjects and combining Arts and Sciences is actually encouraged by universities. A good pass at A-Level is acceptable for entry to most Arts degree courses including Law
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