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History A Level at Lansdowne College

Course description

History is an established subject. This rigorous discipline is an analysis of the forces and personalities that have shaped the modern world. Historians aim to explain why events and long-term change within societies occur, and analyse the variety of factors involved and the manner in which they interact with each other. Historians seek to evaluate the relative importance of factors such as wars, revolutions, conflicts and social change, and present varying interpretations as to why these events occurred. Studying History at A-Level and beyond can help develop the valuable skills of analysis and evaluation, and the ability to construct a coherent argument with relevant evidence.

Course content


Unit 1 Britain Transformed, 1918-97:

  • The extent to which Britain was transformed politically, socially, economically and culturally during this period
  • Within a broad chronological framework, the main developments in politics, economic policy and changes in the workplace
  • The creation of, and problems of managing, a welfare state and intended greater opportunities for all
  • The impact of two world wars on society, the changing role of women and the impact of post-1945 Commonwealth immigration
  • The emergence of a consumer society and changing popular culture
  • The impact of Margaret Thatcher’s government on Britain in the years 1979-97

Unit 2 The USA 1955-92, conformity and challenge:

  • This is an in depth study of a shorter period, covering the opportunities and problems resulting from post-war affluence
  • The challenges posed by the Civil Rights movement, the rise of youth culture and the impact of the Vietnam War in the 1960s
  • The social and political changes of the 1970s, and the impact of Ronald Reagan’s presidency and the growing influence of cultural conservatism in the 1980s

In addition to the AS-Level units,

Unit 3: The British Experience of Warfare c.1790–1918:

  • The French Wars 1793-1815
  • The Crimean War 1854-55
  • The Second Boer War 1899-1902
  • The First World War 1914-18
  • The study of each conflict focuses on its importance to Britain at the time, its impact on people in Britain, the reporting of the conflict and changing reactions to wars

Coursework: This focuses on the analysis and evaluation of interpretations as to why the Cold War between the USA and the Soviet Union developed after the end of the Second World War in 1945. This involves the study of a range of extended secondary sources within the context of wider knowledge of events in the years 1945-53.


AS 2 written papers (Unit 1 1 x 2hrs 15mins and Unit 2 1hr 30mins). Questions are a mixture of essays and responses to source material.

A2 1 extra exam for Unit 3 (1 x 2hrs 15mins). Questions are a mixture of essays and responses to source material.

Future opportunities

History links well with academic disciplines such as Politics, International Relations, Sociology, Religion, Philosophy, Economics, Classics and English.

History is suitable for students planning to enter a wide range of careers such as law, journalism, civil service, government, education, social services, business, finance etc.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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