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History A Level at Bordesley Green Girls' School & Sixth Form

Course description

 History is taught in a very active way at Bordesley Green Girls’ School. We place a great emphasis on independent learning and as such, this will be a focus for the learning that will take place. There will also be opportunities for role-plays, debates, group tasks, presentations and movie making

Course content

AS Level Historical Theme in Breadth:


Level Paper Option and How it will be examined

AS 1 1E: Russia, 1917-91: from Lenin to Yeltsin External Written Exam (30%) 2 2E.1: Mao’s China, 1949-76 External Written Exam (20%)

A2 3 36.1: Protest, agitation and parliamentary reform in Britain, c1780-1928 External Written Exam (30%) Historical Enquiry/ coursework The Making of Modern China c.1900-2000 Internal assessment (20%)




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Paper 1: Option 1E Russia, 1917-91: From Lenin to Yeltsin Themes 1. Communist Government in the USSR, 1917-85 2. Industrial and agricultural change, 1917-85 3. Control of the people, 1917-85 4. Social developments, 1917-85 Historical interpretations What explains the fall of the USSR, c1985-91


Paper 2: 2E.1: Mao’s China, 1949-76 Key Topics • Establishing communist rule, 1949-57 • Agriculture and industry, 1949-65 • The Cultural Revolution and its aftermath, 1966-76 • Social and Cultural Changes, 1949-76 A2 Topics:


Paper 3: 36.1: Protest, agitation and parliamentary reform in Britain, c1780-1928 Themes • The Reform of Parliament • Changing influences in parliament: the impact of parliamentary reform Key Topics • Radical reformers, c1790-1819 • Chartism, c1838-1850 • Contagious Diseases Acts and the campaign for their repeal, 1862-86 • The Women’s Social and Political Union, 1903-14 • Trades union militancy, 1917-27 The Making of Modern China c.1900-2000 • The last years of the Qing Dynasty • The new China: a troubled chaotic childhood, 1912-27 • Rival visions of the new China, 1928-27 • War with Japan • Civil War and communist victory • The new dynasty: China, 1949-56 • Politics, personalities, dissent and repression: China, 1954-58 • The Great Leap Forward • Recovery and revolution: China, 1961-76


Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at A*-C, including English & Maths.

B in English and History.

Financial information

A school bursary may be available to those students meeting te relevant financial criteria from September 2015

Future opportunities

History is a great subject for developing skills of communication, research and analysis.Many A Level History students go on to study History at degree level. The study of other degrees in Humanities subjects is also a possibility. History is a great subject for developing skills of communication, research and analysis. It also helps you to develop as independent learns and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds. History also helps to develop your ability to ask relevant and significant questions and construct sustained arguments. Many people who study History continue their studies in higher education. As such History is a great choice if you are hoping to become a lawyer, teacher, business woman, journalist ...

Further information

For more information contact Bordesley Green Girls' School & Sixth Form on 0121 464 3316 or visit our website

How to apply

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Last updated date: 24 November 2014
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