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History - A level at Turton High School & Sixth Form College

Course description

Not only do we study the past, History is a subject that helps you to understand the world around you. Our focus is predominantly on the modern History of Britain, America and Russia, so if you have a keen interest in any of those areas this could be the course for you. History requires you to articulate your opinion by weighing up a variety of evidence to form a clear judgement. In return, History can offer you a variety of careers from lawyers to doctors, to financial workers and Prime Minsters!

Course content

Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1964.

This unit will investigate the changing nature of Russia, from the autocratic rule of the Tsars to the revolutionary period of 1917, and the subsequent rise of the world's first Communist state. The course will focus on the political, economic and social changes of the period, whilst examining the personalities of key men such as Tsar Nicholas II, Vladimir Lenin, Josef Stalin and Nikita Khrushchev. 

The making of Modern Britain 1951-2007.

This unit analyses the role and impact of key events in creating 'Modern Britain', and will give students a greater understanding of the nation they live in today. these events include Britain's declining imperial role, social tensions during the 1950s and 1960s, industrial disputes during the 1970s and 1980s, the rise and fall of Margaret Thatcher, the Flaklands War, and the emergence 'New Labour'. 

Historical Investigation.

In Year 13 students will submit a personal study on a topic from History ranging from 1800 to the present day. This piece will be apporximately 3500 words long, plus a critical evaluation og the sources used of around 500 words. 

Entry requirements

At least a Grade 5 in GCSE History and preferably English - 5



Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1964: 1 exam worth 40% of final A level. 

The making of Modern Britain 1951-2007: 1 exam worth 40% of final A level. 

Historical Investigation: worth 20% of final  level 

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Future opportunities

The great thing about History is that it is a facilitating subject. This means that top universities recognise that anyone who has studied History is a determined and talented individual who they could like at their university. Lawyer, doctor, journalist, teacher, media, politician, artist, museum curator, architect, tour guide, charity work, scientist, police are just some examples

Famous people to have studied History include journalists Nicky Campbell and Jeremy Bowen, politicians such as Gordon Brown and David Blunkett, QC’s Michael Briggs and Michael Mansfield, the writers Salman Rushdie and Andrew Powell and many high profile people in the business world such as Sir Howard Stringer, the chairman of Sony. Did you know? The most popular job for History graduates since 2010 has been in the world of finance

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, please contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 11 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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    • Turton Sixth Form is located on Chapeltown Road, Bromley Cross.  The college is across the road from Bromley Cross train station, and is on a direct line 8 minutes from Bolton.  Buses from Bradshaw, Sharples, Smithills, Edgworth, Belmont and Astley Bridge regularly run past the school.