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History AS and A level at The Emmbrook School

Course description

The exam board have recently given out a ‘draft’ new prospectus for the new look AS and A level qualifications. It is with this in mind that the following new AS and A Level courses have been selected at Emmbrook. It must be stressed that these are draft versions only and that they could be subject to change.

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Paper 1E: Russia, 1917-91: Lenin to Yelstin This option comprises a study in breadth, in which students will learn about the key political, social and economic features of communist rule in Russia during the twentieth century, an era that saw its authority and influence rise to the status of a superpower, only to diminish and decline later in the century. 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: 1917–85. This option also contains a study in depth of historical interpretations on a broad question, which is contextualised by, and runs on from, the themes: reasons for the fall of the USSR, c1985–91.

Paper 2E.2: The German Democratic Republic, 1949–90 This option comprises a study in depth of the creation, development, decline and collapse of the communist East German state, 1949–90. For the whole of its existence, East Germany was a key focus of world attention as it lay on the frontline of the Cold War, where contrasts between East and West could be seen at their starkest. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the political, economic and social policies of the East German government in this period, and their effects on the lives of its people.


Protest, agitation and parliamentary reform in Britain. 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 the relationship between authority and mass agitation in England, the struggle for greater representation in England, and the ways in which the interests and concerns of individuals in society could make themselves known. Within the primarily political focus, this option also gives students the opportunity to explore the economic and social contexts and their influence on developments and on the pressures for change.

Topic 2: Coursework: Students carry out an independently-researched enquiry to analyse and evaluate interpretations (AO3). The assignment is set by the centre on a question, problem or issue that has generated disagreement among historians.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade C in History If history taken at GCSE- B grade in English at GCSE.

Financial information

Three textbooks; that are available at a discount on Amazon. You will get additional reading materials supplied to you by your course teacher. There is also a history specialist section of books in the school library that have been specially developed to meet your course requirements. 

Future opportunities

History has very many transferable skills which many different careers would desire such as research gathering, report making, constructing an argument and delivering a well argued opinion. People who have studied History at university go on to become lawyers, accountants, journalists, teachers, civil servants, academics, bankers, librarians and a whole host of further careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Emmbrook School directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2016

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