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History (Russia) A level at Long Road Sixth Form College

Course description

History allows you to explore different aspects of the past, and to learn about influential people, significant conflicts and exciting events.  The course mixes some of the most popular topics studied at A level to shed light on the social and political change that has shaped the modern world. History A level is well-regarded by top universities and employers alike.

Members of the History Department have the opportunity to take part in a number of popular ‘extra’ activities. In the past few years these have included:

  • representing the college in the Lessons from Auschwitz Project
     
  • historical film showings at the Picturehouse
     
  • talks by visiting speakers
     
  • trips to student conferences in Londonforeign day or residential trips, for example to the Somme, Berlin and Russia

You will enjoy and benefit from History if you are interested in:

  • the impact of revolution and the establishment of new regimes;
  • the consequences of the overthrow of monarchy in a range of contexts and time periods;
  • the development of different ideologies and dictatorships, and their impact on society;

and are able to:

  • understand theoretical concepts and examine issues logically and systematically;
  • analyse and compare source material;
  • express yourself well, both in discussion and on paper;
  • carry out independent investigative research, including extensive reading and using the internet.

Course content

Year 1 course content

Unit 1

The English Civil War, 1603-1649

This unit considers the causes and events of the English Civil War, culminating in the execution of Charles I in 1649. You will study James I and Charles I, the way in which they governed England, disputes between the monarchy and Parliament, religious and social divisions, and the reasons for the outbreak of Civil War in 1642.

Unit 2

The Russian Revolution, 1917-1929

This unit considers the revolutions of 1917, the consolidation of Bolshevik rule, and Stalin’s rise to power. You will study the causes and events of the revolutions, the establishment of a Communist dictatorship, the Russian Civil War, and the power struggle of the 1920s.

Year 2 course content

In the second year of the course, you will study the consequences of the events covered in the first year. In addition, you will complete a piece of coursework.

Unit 1

Monarchy Restored, 1649-1702

You will consider the events following the English Civil War. You will study the establishment of a Republic under Cromwell, restoration of the monarchy under Charles II, and the ‘Glorious Revolution’ of 1688.

Unit 2

Stalin’s Rule, 1929-1953

This unit considers the nature and impact of Stalin’s rule, including his economic reforms, the Terror, and Russia’s emergence as a superpower following the Second World War.

Unit 3

You will complete a piece of coursework on the causes of the First World War.

 

Entry requirements

At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4 in a range of subjects including  in both Maths and English. A Grade 4 or equivalent is required in History if taken at GCSE level.

 

Assessment

You will be examined on both years’ study of Units 1 and 2 at the end of Year 2. This is 80% of the final mark: the coursework is worth 20%.

Future opportunities

The study of History at this level can lead to a range of careers in fields such as journalism, the media, politics, teaching, law and marketing.

Here are some examples of degrees being taken by students who completed their courses in 2017: History at Sussex University, History at Manchester University, Politics with History at Liverpool University, History at Anglia Ruskin, Law at Southampton University, Modern History at Essex University, and Medieval and Early Modern History at Aberystwyth University.

Employers also appreciate the qualities that History helps to develop – the ability to question, interpret, and evaluate, and the skills to think critically, write persuasively and sustain an argument.

Further information

Come to Open Evening on 18th and 19th October.

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: 25 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: HIRAY18
  • Web url: www.longroad.ac.uk

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