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History A level at Heathcote School & Science College

Course description

"If you know your history, then you know where you're coming from." 

Course content

Throughout the History A Level, there are four units that you will study:
 
Paper 1: Russia 1917-91: From Lenin to Yeltsin (30% of the total qualification) 
  • Communist government in the USSR 1917-85 
  • Industrial and agricultural change 1917-85 
  • Control of the people 1917-85 
  • Social developments 1917-85 
  • Historical interpretations: What explains the fall of the USSR 1985-91?  
Paper 2: Mao's China 1949-76 (20% of the total qualification)
  • Establishing communist rule 1949-57 
  • Agriculture and industry 1949-65 
  • The Cultural Revolution and its aftermath 1966-76 
  • Social and cultural changes 1949-76 
Paper 3: Britain: losing and gaining an Empire: 1763-1914 (30% of the total qualification)
  • The loss of the American colonies 1770-1783 
  • The birth of British Australia 1788-1829 
  • Learning from past mistakes: Canada and the Durham Report 1837-40 
  • Nearly losing an Empire: the British in India 1829-1858 
  • The Nile Valley: 1882-98 
  • The changing nature and extent of trade. 
  • The changing nature of the Royal Navy 
Paper 4: Historical Enquiry (20% of the total qualification):
  • Students have to complete a piece of coursework on an historical controversy E.g: The Arab Israeli Conflict 1900-2000.

Entry requirements

Five A* - C grades at GCSE including a B in history and a B in English language.

Ultimately, you will need a willingness to learn independently, enthusiasm and a commitment to the subject.

Assessment

Paper 1: Russia 1917-91: From Lenin to Yeltsin (30% of the total qualification) 

2 hour and 15 minutes exam at the end of year 13. This involves writing two essay questions plus one question using evidence to analyse historical interpretations. 

Paper 2: Mao's China 1949-76 (20% of the total qualification) 

1 hour and 30 minute exam at the end of year 13. This involves one essay question and one question using evidence to analyse historical interpretations. 

Paper 3: Britain: losing and gaining an Empire: 1763-1914 (30% of the total qualification) 

2 hour and 15 minutes exam at the end of year 13. This involves two essay questions and one question using evidence to analyse historical interpretations. 

Paper 4: Historical Enquiry (20% of the total qualification): 

Coursework, assessed internally and moderated by the exam board. 

Future opportunities

You have an A level in an academic subject.
 
History A level Is a strong foundation for careers in law, journalism, archaeology, the diplomatic service, academia, accounting and education. History A level will prove you are literate and actively engaged in research.
 
The modern history A level is designed to consider the theme of searching for rights and freedoms and examines the role of different types of government in the everyday lives of ordinary people. A demonstrable knowledge of and Interest In how the past shapes current affairs Impresses university admissions tutors at Interview, particularly if you are planning to do a history, law or politics degree. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathcote School & Science College directly.

Last updated date: 13 December 2016
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