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History A level at Wood Green School

Course description

The course is now designed to encourage the skills of both breadth and depth. To that end, you will be able to study topics over a 200 year period, as well as studying at least one country in depth over a shorter time period. We will cover both British and international history.

The course also aims to develop your skills of analysis and evaluation, as well as your historical skills of using source material. You will also be looking at different interpretations of history and making your own judgements.

Entry requirements

Grade C or above in GCSE History. A positive approach during the GCSE course and a genuine interest in a wide range of historical issues are also necessary.


The theme for the first two units is ‘Searching for rights and freedoms in the twentieth century’. Studying both the USA and India allows you to compare and contrast the search for greater rights, freedoms and equality in these two countries.

Paper 1 and 2 will be examined as the AS units as well as for the A Level.

Paper 1: Russia, 1917–91: from Lenin to Yeltsin This is a study in breadth, in which students will learn about the key political, social and economic features of Communist rule in Russia during the twentieth century. The examination consists of essay questions and a question evaluating different interpretations. This paper is worth 30% of the total qualification.

Paper 2: The German Democratic Republic, 1949–90 This is a study in depth of the creation, development, decline and collapse of the communist East German state, 1949–90. The examination consists of source analysis and evaluation, and essay questions. This paper is worth 20% of the total qualification.

Paper 3: Britain: Losing and Gaining an Empire, 1763-1918. This is a combination of a theme in breadth, with individual depth studies within it. The topic covers the changing nature of the empire, with a focus on the American colonies, Australia, Canada and Egypt. The examination consists of source analysis and essay questions. This paper is worth 30% of the total A Level grade. There is also a course work unit, consisting of 20% the total A Level. This is a single assignment, which will be related to one of the topics studied in the A Level.

Future opportunities

In the past few years, students at Wood Green School have combined History with a wide variety of other subjects taken from the Sciences and the Arts. It is often partnered with Government and Politics. Many History graduates go on to work in publishing, journalism, broadcasting, industry and commerce, the Civil Service, law and education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wood Green School directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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      We are part of a consortium, our partner school being The Henry Box School in Witney.


      We have a taxi service, ferrying students between the two venues, at no cost to students.


      NB, there are two subjects that are jointly taught, ie students take lessons at both venues,  Maths and Further Maths;  you will see this on our options grid.