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History A Level at St John Fisher Catholic High School

Course description


Subject to the approval by Ofqual, it is hoped to offer the following course.

The structure of the course is such that half of each component is studied at AS and the second half continued through to A2. The aim of the A Level overall is to complement the content followed by many of the current GCSE Modern World History courses.

Component 1: Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855-1964

This course traces the development of modern Russia. The powers of the great Tsars of Russia like Alexander II and Nicholas II, the challenges to their authority and the rise of revolutionary groups culminating in the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 are the focus of the course in Year 12 and the AS exam. At A2, the development of the Soviet Union after 1917 under Lenin, Stalin and Khrushchev is traced. The way a relatively backward state in 1917 is propelled to being a global superpower is explored through the impact of two world wars as well as social, economic and political upheaval.

Component 2: The Making of Modern Britain, 1951-2007

This course helps students get a really strong historical sense of the country they live in today. At AS, the outcome of the Second World War sets the context for Britain in the years from 1951 to 1979, a period of stability and prosperity that was to give way to strife and severe economic difficulties. The reputations of Churchill, Macmillan and Harold Wilson are analysed closely. At A2, the premierships of Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair are put under the spotlight and throughout the period everything from Britain’s role on the world stage, to race riots and the development of modern social habits are analysed.

Component 3: Historical Investigation

To earn a full A Level students have to complete a historical investigation (coursework) on a topic set within the context of 100 years. It is a piece of research that will be guided by your teacher. A likely topic will include The Changing Nature of Warfare, 1792 – 1945, that investigates among other things themes like leadership in war, including Napoleon, Helmut von Moltke and Douglas Haig. It is likely that an alternative option covering 100 years of earlier History will be offered as well.

Entry requirements

It is preferable for students to have studied History at GCSE and achieved a grade B or above. A grade B in English Language is also preferred.

Future opportunities

History is very highly regarded by universities as an entry subject. Many of our students go on to study it, while it forms the basis for course in Law, Journalism, Finance, Business, Management as well as Museum and Archive work. History is extremely popular at A Level, with over 200 students choosing it.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

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