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History A Level at Thurston Community College

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Year One

Unit1 Breadth Study (60%) Britain 1625– 1701: Conflict, revolution and settlement. This will give you an insight into a very important part in the development of Britain, in which many of our ideas about the relationship between government and people are shaped. Britain experiences two highly significant conflicts: the Civil War and the Glorious Revolution and a regicide with momentous consequences.

Unit 2 Depth Study (40%) Russia in Revolution, 1894–1924: The study of this period of Russian History takes you from Tsarist autocracy to Communist dictatorship, the impact of which is still felt in the world today.

Year Two

Unit1 Breadth Study (30%) Britain, 1625– 1701: Conflict, revolution and settlement. (See Unit 1 at AS for details)

Unit 2 Depth Study (20%) Russia in revolution 1894–1924: (See Unit 1 at AS for details)

Unit 3 Breadth Study (30%): Germany 1871 -1990, United, Divided and Reunited. This study takes you through the history of Germany including Bismarck, Weimar Germany, Hitler & the Cold War. It will offer an insight into the social (including racial), economic and political history of a country which experienced massive changes through five different government systems.

Unit 4 Historical Enquiry (20%): This provides you with the opportunity to apply the skills you have developed in the other 3 units and to pursue your own interests by studying any topic of your choice. In addition to studying the events of your chosen topic you will examine and evaluate the views of historians.

Entry requirements

Entry GCSE: B in History or 5 in English Language


All units will be externally examined in June, Year 2. Unit 4 (20%) is assessed as coursework.

Future opportunities

Most degree courses and many careers. Skills of analysis and argument and excellent communication skills are highly valued by universities and employers. Careers include law, commerce, media, civil service, journalism, management, museum work and teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thurston Community College directly.

Last updated date: 29 March 2017
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