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History: 20th century A Level at Oasis Academy Brightstowe

Course description

The A level history course has been designed to help you understand the value and significance of world events in the past. In the process you’ll gain a deeper understanding of social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity. Knowing how people lived in the past helps to understand why people act like they do today. The twentieth century options look into the collapse of monarchy and its replacement by new representative systems. You will look at the growth and collapse of socialist Russia. You will learn about and understand some of the dominant ideas in politics today. It encourages you to think critically about a range of issues that are significant in today’s society, for instance the development of the economy.

Course content

The A level course consists of three components:

• Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855 to 1964: This topic covers the reigns of the last Tsars and investigates the growth of communism and its impact on the Soviet Union

• The Making of Modern Britain, 1951–2007: This topic analyses a period of great change for Britain as it moves from the swinging 60s, through austerity in the 70s to Thatcherism in the 80s and New Labour in the 90s.

• The French Revolution: An historical enquiry based on one of the most significant turning points of the last 200 years (coursework)

NOTE: AS level covers the first two topics but with a reduced chronology


Teacher-led activities, group work, discussion, personal research and debate. There will also be fieldwork.

Future opportunities

History can be studied at most universities, either as a single subject or as part of a combination with for example economics, politics, English or a foreign language. For certain subjects such as law, archaeology and journalism, history may be a requirement. History is also good for careers in publishing, journalism, the media, the civil service, politics, industry and commerce.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oasis Academy Brightstowe directly.

Last updated date: 10 July 2015

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