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History A Level at Bishop Ramsey C of E School

Course description

History is a fascinating subject that allows students to immerse themselves in previous time periods to discover how mankind used to live and why our world today is the way it is. The subject is particularly suited to students with an analytical and inquisitive mind as well as those who enjoy debating and justifying their own opinions on topics as diverse as Henry VIII and the Reformation to Stalin’s Russia.

Course content

There are three separate units that the students will cover: The Tudors 1485-1603, Revolution and Dictatorship in Russia 1917 – 1929 and Civil Rights in America 1865-1968.

The Tudor and Russia modules will be assessed by an exam at the end of Year 13. The module on Civil Rights in America is a coursework module in which students produce a 4,000 word essay which is submitted at the end of Year 13.

Entry requirements

Additional subject entry requirements:

GCSE History Grade 6

Please note, students will be required to purchase two textbooks at the start of Year 12 through ParentPay at a cost of £15 each.


The Tudors 1485 - 1603

Exam - 2 hours and 30 minutes - 40%

Revolution and Dictatorship in Russia 1917 - 1929

Exam - 2 hours and 30 minutes - 40%

Civil Rights in America

Essay - Roughly 4000 words - 20%

Future opportunities

The study of History is perfectly suited to further studies or careers in areas such as History, Politics or Law. The skills you will develop will allow you to weigh up various pieces of evidence, reach clear and reasoned judgements and then back these up whilst justifying your conclusions. These are skills, along with others such as the ability to recognise the causes and consequences of events, that will stand students in good stead for any future university course or career path.

Further information

Please contact Mr Jeffries or Miss Robinson at the school

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Ramsey C of E School directly.

Last updated date: 31 October 2017
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