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History A Level at Upton Court Grammar School

Course description

The course is split into two historical areas: a breadth study on seventeenth century Stuart Britain and the ensuing crisis of the monarchy, and a depth study on the Russian Revolution and subsequent Bolshevik regimes of Lenin then Stalin.

Course content

In Year 12, the Russia course focuses on the origins and causes of the Russian Revolutions of 1917, the Civil War, and the establishment of a communist Bolshevik state headed by Lenin. It ends with the study of Stalin’s ascent to power and the beginnings of his totalitarian dictatorship in 1929. Year 13 continues the study of Stalin’s dictatorship focussing on how his regime transformed the Soviet Union from a backward failing state to a modern superpower. It deals with the social and economic policies that activated these changes, as well as the draconian methods of control that enforced them. The course closes with a look at how World War Two impacted the Soviet Union. In Year 12 students study Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy (1603 - 1702). The course focuses on the reign of King James and his relationship with Parliament, and then examines the deterioration of relations between King Charles and the political nation. The course concludes with the events that ultimately lead to civil war. In Year 13 the course continues chronologically exploring the restoration of the monarchy, the Glorious Revolution, and finally the balance of power struck between Parliament and the monarch. In addition, all A2 students will conduct a 3500 word Historical Investigation looking at the origins and plethora of causes of the First World War in the context of the preceding 100 years (1815 - 1914). This piece of work will be independently written and researched by the student and will deal with the different historical interpretations of why World War One started.


In Year 13, students will complete a Historical Investigation worth 40% and take two written exams in each unit worth 60%.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Upton Court Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016

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