Summary of course content:
The A Level History course is a 2 year A Level which comprises of 3 units:
Breadth Study – Tsarist & Communist Russia, 1855 – 1964
This involves studying the nature of causes and consequences of change and continuity and of similarity and differences over a long period of time, the links between perspectives, such as political, economic, social or religious as well as appreciating developments relating the perspectives separately over time and the role played by individuals, groups, ideas or ideology. The unit focuses on political change in Russia over the time period and how these changes impact on social and economic strands within Russia as it moved from being a Tsarist state to a Communist state. This is explored through the role of individuals such as Lenin, Stalin and Khrushchev.
Depth Study – The Making of Modern Britain, 1951- 2007
Each ‘Depth’ study is focussed on a significant period of historical change or development. Students will gain deep understanding of change and continuity through the study of the interrelationships of a variety of perspectives. The unit focuses on the Conservative era and the affluent society of the 1950’s , the social changes which occurred during the Sixties thanks to a move to a Labour government. The unit moves through further social and economic change brought about during the Thatcher era and the legacy of New Labour during the 1990’s and into the new millennium.
A Historical Investigation
You will be required to identify an issue you wish to study and develop a question from. This issue will be the focus of the historical investigation. The issue to be investigated has to be placed in the context of approximately 100 years. Through undertaking the historical investigation you will develop an enhanced understanding of the nature and purpose of history as a discipline and how historians work.
Progression and Career routes:
An A Level in History can lead to further education routes which specialise in specific areas of History and also provides a foundation for a route into careers such as journalism, law, art criticism, archaeology, museum curator, education – both teaching and lecturing, archivist, military analyst and civil servant.
How to access this course:
If you have studied History at Key Stage 4 a Grade 6 is desirable. Other circumstances or teachers recommendation will however be considered. GCSE English at grade 5 is also a requirement.