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History at Ryde Academy

Course description

This course will provide you with an A2 qualification at the end of two years. History as a subject is designed to provide you with a number of skills that will be useful in any future studies or the world of work. It also seeks to give you insight into the world we live in today. It looks at the great issues that shape human existence and societies as well as developing our ability to understand our complex world and understand the roles we could play within this.

Course content


Autocracy to Dictatorship: Russia 1881-1953

• Tsarist Russia & its collapse • How did the Communists come to power? • Lenin’s Communism • How did Stalin gain power? One exam in June 50% of AS 25% of A2

The Experience of Warfare: Britain 1854-1929

• Social impact of the Crimean War • Social impact of the 2nd Boer War • Impact of WWI on the western front • Social impact of WWI in Britain .  One exam in June 50% of AS 25% of A2


From Kaiser to Fuhrer: Germany 1900-1945

• The Second Reich 1900-1919 • Weimar 1919-29 • Rise of the Nazis & life in wartime Germany.   One exam in June 30% of A2

The Making of a Nation: America 1815-1917

• Expansion & origins of conflict to 1860 • The Civil War & reconstruction 1860-1900 • US foreign policy- power & influence.   Extended Coursework 20% of A2

Entry requirements

Grade B in English and preferably grade B in history

A curiosity about societies and how they are shaped.

Committed to research.

Prepared to write essays and understand documents.

An ability to argue a case and prepared to read.


100% Coursework

Future opportunities

History can be taken as a degree subject or it can be used as the basis for other studies such as archaeology, criminology etc. 

Students studying History also develop skills that are useful for careers in law, teaching,journalism, management, the media, politics, civil service, business, economics, armed forces, administration, social work and sociology.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ryde Academy directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2016
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