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A2 History - Academic Pathway at Furze Platt Senior School

Course description

An Academic Pathway Subject  - The History course at A level focuses on the themes of revolution, social change and civil rights. It provides an opportunity to build on your understanding of the modern era (studied at GCSE), but this time focusing in depth on both Russia and the United States of America. The theme of Revolution also includes the English Civil Wars and Revolution (1642-49), providing an opportunity to compare the early modern English Revolution (which the monarchy ultimately survived) and the modern Russian Revolution (in which the monarchy was destroyed). The American history unit covers minority rights in the USA from 1850-2009.

Course content

Year 12 -

Britain, 1625-1701: conflict, revolution and settlement.

Russia in revolution, 1894-1924.

Year 13 - 

Civil rights and race relations in the USA, 1850-2009.

Coursework – An individual assignment on an historical debate of the student’s choice. The chosen debate will be drawn from the unit Russian Revolutions 1894-1924 (studied in Year 12)



Entry requirements

An average of 5- 'Attainment 8' score (largely equivalent to 4 grade 4s and 4 grade 5s) across 8 highest GCSEs including English & Maths

At least a grade 5 in GCSE History and a grade 5 in English language is strongly recommended.


At A level:

1 x British history exam: 2 hrs 15 minutes – 30% of A level
1 x International history exam: 1 hr 30 minutes – 20% of A level
1 x Historical themes exam: 2 hrs 15 minutes – 30% of A level
Coursework: 3000-4000 word essay: 20% of A level

Future opportunities

History A level is highly valued by employers and academic institutions. It helps students to develop excellent communication, analysis and research skills. As well as further studies in History, students with this qualification go on to study degrees in Law, Journalism, Business and Politics. History also complements science subjects well and enhances applications for courses in Medicine and related studies.

Career options enhanced by a History qualification include: law, teaching, the media, business, medicine, the police, museum and heritage work, leisure and tourism and charity work, to name a few.

Further information

For further information please contact Mrs Bristow, Sixth Form Administrator on or on 01628 625308, extension 236.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 22 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: ACHIS18
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