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Blessed William Howard Catholic High School History A Level OCR (Block B) at The Stafford Partnership

Course description

Description of the course and what it offers. This qualification will develop both critical and reflective thinking with an understanding of historical topics and issues; it will also encourage an awareness of the importance of historical awareness in explaining contemporary issues.  

OCR History A-level provides a fantastic curriculum to ignite and engage learners’ passions and interests. Our content will create independent learners, critical thinkers and decision–makers – all personal assets that can make them stand out as they progress to higher education and/or the workplace.

AS and A Level History challenges students’ minds and develops their abilities in a number of key ways: Research, analysis, communication, Time management, ICT, working with others, problem solving, as well as planning and organising.


Course content

Unit 1: England 1445–1509: Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII (Enquiry topic: Wars of the Roses 1445–1461) 


Unit 2: The USA in the 19th Century: Westward expansion and Civil War 1803–c1890 


Unit 3: Russia and its Rulers 1855–1964


Unit 4: Coursework on the American Civil War 1861-5


Entry requirements

The standard entry criteria to study in the sixth form is an 9-4 or A*-C in at least seven different subjects, including mathematics which would usually be at grade 4 or above (equivalent to grade C in previous years).


To study other subjects already taken at GCSE you must achieve  at least a grade 5 or C grade or above in that subject.


Unit groups 1–3 are assessed entirely through written examinations that are externally marked.

All examinations take place at the end of the course (one year for AS Level and two years for A Level) available every June.

Unit group 4 is assessed internally, then moderated externally and submitted before the examinations begin, in May.

Students entered on an AS Level course have an additional question set included in Unit group 2 to ensure that a full range of Assessment Objectives are met.

Dates for first examination AS Level – first examinations available from June 2016.  A Level – first examinations available from June 2017.

Financial information

Core text books will be given on loan for the duration of the course. However, further reading is expected and this may involve purchasing a range of books.

Future opportunities

History is referred by the Russell Group of Universities (Making Informed choices 2014) as a facilitating subject which will enable you to have a much wider range of options available to you when applying to universities. 


Further information

Progress to A2 is dependent upon successful completion of AS, with a minimum of a D grade at AS.

All key skills are covered.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Stafford Partnership directly.

Last updated date: 18 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: 12BBwHI1