History remains provoking one of the most respected, valued, flexible, useful, thought providing and inspiring ‘A’ Level subjects available. It’s about people and understanding how and why they acted in the past. It’s about understanding how the world in which we live came to be as it is and therefore will help us work out how, by building on this understanding, we can advance into the future and tackle what can and should be. History is as wide–ranging as life itself is - after all, every subject has its history, and anything can be used as historical evidence!

History is full of transferable skills, including all the ‘Key Skills’, but above all it’s a subject which develops a critical attitude towards evidence and problems by constantly asking the key question ‘why?’. It also emphasises communication: lessons will give you confidence to discuss, make presentations, read constructively and extract information and ideas and present your knowledge and ideas in writing (short and extended) and through other media. Lessons will be varied! We will help you to develop the skills you need. We will expect you to work co–operatively as part of a group and be prepared to contribute but we will help you build up the confidence to do this through a range of activities.


A Grade 5 is required at GCSE.


Examination Board: OCR Specification History A (H505)

The AS course in Year 12 covers

  1. Russia 1894-1941: From Autocracy to Communism.

In this unit students study the key issues in Russia from 1894- 1941 including the troubled reign of Nicholas II, the two revolutions in 1917, Lenin, and Stalin’s rise and consolidation of power. Students undertake a very interesting and engaging unit to start their post-16 study. This unit is assessed in a 60 minute exam worth 15% of the A Level qualification.

  1. England 1485-1558: The Early Tudors This unit focuses on the reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII.

Students will look at domestic issues such as marriage, opposition to the monarchs, administration of government and key individuals like Wolsey and Cromwell. Students will also study aims and policies regarding foreign affairs. The new unit offers a study of an earlier period of history and is worth 25% of the A Level and is assessed in a 90 minute exam.

The A Level in Year 13 covers

  1. Britain and Ireland 1798 - 1921.

This theme focuses on the relationship between mainland Britain and Ireland during this period, and how far, and for what reasons this relationship has changed. The emphasis is on developing a broad overview of the period to allow students to demonstrate breadth of historical understanding.

This Unit is assessed by a 2½ hour exam, and makes up 40% of the A Level qualification.

  1. Independent Investigation: Topic based essay.

This is a coursework unit with one piece of work of 4,000 words. The essay should explain and analyse different perspectives on an historical issue selected by the student. There will be support from the class teacher with the focus on the student researching and producing the work. This unit offers an excellent insight and link into university style learning. The essay makes up 20% of the A Level. The exams in Year 12 are internal exams only, students need to complete the A2 two year course for a qualification – please contact Mr Pollard if there are any queries over this.


History provides an excellent basis for training for a huge range of career opportunities, from marketing to media, politics to business, leisure industry to journalism, teaching to law - and masses more!


Mr Glasgow and Mr Pollard.

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