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History A-Level at John Port School

Course description

What will I learn on the course?

Unit 1: You will study significant historical developments in Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1964. You will investigate:

  • autocratic rule in Russia under the rule of the Tsars
  • the reasons why autocracy collapsed in Russia in 1917, focusing on the revolutions and the establishment of Communist rule
  • the impact of key individuals including Lenin and Stalin
  • the rise and fall of Khrushchev

Unit 2: The British component of the course focuses on political, economic and social developments following the Second World War. You will focus on:

  • the post-war boom and changing social attitudes in relation to class, gender, race and youth
  • the end of the post-war consensus in 1970 including the problems relating to Northern Ireland
  • the impact of Conservative rule under Margaret Thatcher and foreign policy including the conflict over the Falklands
  • the collapse of Thatcherism and the era of New Labour

Unit 3: You will carry out an independent historical investigation into the events surrounding the French Revolution.

Entry requirements

The general entry requirement for the Sixth Form applies. This should include GCSE History at grade B or above. If History was not taken at GCSE level, the minimum requirement would be a grade B in GCSE English.

Future opportunities

What careers would this course be useful for?

  • Legal profession
  • Journalism/Media
  • Police
  • Management Training
  • Politics
  • The academic rigour of history means that the transferable skills that students develop are considered to be of great value in many careers and professions

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Port School directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years