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A Level: History at Rawlins Academy

Course description

At A level students complete four units: Unit 1 England, 1509–1603: authority, nation and religion This option comprises a study in breadth in which students will learn about the key political, social and economic features of Tudor England from the accession of Henry VIII to the death of Elizabeth I, an era of decisive change for the English state and church. The focus of study is on developments and changes over a broad timescale and so the content is presented as themes spanning a significant duration: 1509–1588. Unit 2 Unit 2 Luther and the German Reformation, c1515–55: This option comprises a study in depth of Luther’s challenge to the Catholic Church, the development of a separate Lutheran Church within the German states, and the response of Empire and the papacy to this challenge to 1555. This would cause a fracture in the religious unity of western Christianity, which would, in time, spread through Europe and beyond. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of Luther’s religious protests and the involvement of secular and religious leaders indriving, and resisting, religious and political change in the German states in this period. Unit 3 The making of modern Russia, 1855–1991: This option comprises two parts: the Aspects in breadth focus on long-term changes and contextualise the Aspects in depth, which focus in detail on key episodes. Together, the breadth and depth topics explore how Russia has developed, socially, politically and economically, through a turbulent era marked by periods of stability, reform and revolution. The death of Nicholas I in 1855 ushered in a period of hope and reform under his son Alexander II. Subsequently, more violent and dramatic changes in the twentieth century turned the lives of ordinary Russians upside down. Unit 4. The coursework option is based on the causes of the First World War. Students complete an assignment exploring the long and short term causes of the conflict and in particular the extent to which Germany could be blamed for the outbreak of war in 1914.

Entry requirements

Rawlins Level 3 P16 entry requirements.  GCSE English Language at grade C or above.


Written Examination

Future opportunities

Students who study History have access to a wide range of career and higher education opportunities. Students learn how to evaluate and analyse information, how to weigh up evidence and how to communicate complex ideas effectively. History helps students solve problems and develop the skills of argument and evaluation. The Individual Assignment provides evidence of the ability to work independently. These skills are recognised and valued by employers, universities and colleges. History combines well with maths and science subjects to create an attractive portfolio of qualifications. Combined with English and a modern foreign language it provides a good basis for an arts or languages-based degree. History provides an excellent foundation for a number of popular careers including journalism, law and business.

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 10 October 2016
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