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History AS and A Level at Ripley St Thomas CE Academy

Course description

Students on this course focus on developing:

• Structured and detailed extended writing
• Using appropriate and subject specific vocabulary
• Source evaluation techniques

Course content

Year 12 involves the study of two units. The first comprises a study in breadth, in which students will learn about key features of monarchical and republican rule in Britain in the seventeenth century, set within the context of broader social, economic and religious change. The events of this period saw a decisive shift in the balance of power between crown and parliament. The focus of study is on developments and changes over a broad timescale and so the content is presented as themes spanning a significant duration: 1625–88. This option also contains a study in depth of historical interpretations on a broad question that is contextualised by, and runs on from, the themes: how revolutionary, in the years to 1701, was the Glorious Revolution of 1688–89?

The second comprises a study in depth of the causes, course and consolidation of the Russian Revolution of 1917, which had a momentous effect on twentieth century Russia and throughout the modern world. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of revolutionary activity in Russia in the years 1894 to 1917, the  response of successive governments to opposition to their rule, and the reasons  for the successful consolidation of the revolution of October 1917 under Lenin and the Bolsheviks.

In Year 13 students will study Ireland and the Union, c.1774-1923. This option comprises two parts: the aspects in breadth focus on long-term changes and contextualise the aspects in depth, which focus in detail on key episodes. Together, the breadth and depth topics explore the Irish struggle for constitutional
change,  and  the  ways  in  which  the  Irish  economy  and  society  changed  and  their  impact  on  mainland  Britain.  This was a difficult period in the development  of Irish society and for Anglo-Irish relations,  involving passion, tensions and commitment to different causes that were in many ways irreconcilable, and an outcome that, by 1923, left many dissatisfied and eager for further change.

Entry requirements

GCSE History Grade B. Students who have not studied History at KS4 require: GCSE English Language Grade B.


Students will also complete a piece of coursework. The purpose of this coursework is to enable students to develop skills in the analysis and evaluation of interpretations of history in a chosen question, problem or issue as part of an independently researched assignment. The focus is on understanding the nature and purpose of the work of the historian. Students will be required to form a critical view based on relevant reading  on  the  question,  problem  or  issue. The focus of  this assignment  will be the impact of the First World War on the position of  women in British society.

Future opportunities

History improves your ability to analyse, prioritise and evaluate information. It develops your ability to think critically. Such skills are sought after by many employers, and success in History could open opportunities in a wide number of careers for example; journalism, local/central government, insurance, law, teaching, research assistant, or publishing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ripley St Thomas CE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 12 August 2016
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