History A-Level at Coppice Performing Arts School
History may be about the past, but it is a key subject which helps us to understand and form opinions about the rapidly changing world in which we live today. The A Level course involves studying important historical developments including why countries go to war, revolutions and religious and political struggles. There is a clear emphasis on developing analytical skills and interpreting historical issues in a variety of ways. You will receive lots of support but must be prepared to work hard and read widely!
Unit 1. England 1485-1558 – the Early Tudors
- Henry VII – his government, threats to his rule and foreign policy
- Henry VIII – Thomas Wolsey, his reign after 1529
- Edward VI and Mary I – stability of the monarchy, religious change and rebellion and unrest
Unit 2. Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919-1963
- The Weimar Republic 1919-1933
- The Nazi Dictatorship and it`s domestic policies 1933-39
- The impact of war and defeat on Germany 1939-49
- Divided Germany: West Germany and East Germany 1949-63
Unit 3. Russia and it`s Rulers 1855-1964
- The nature of government
- The impact of dictatorial regimes on the economy and society of the Russian Empire and the USSR
- Impact of war and revolution on the development of the Russian Empire and the USSR
- Russia: Empire, nationalities and satellite states
- Alexander II’s domestic reforms
- The Provisional Government
- Khrushchev in power 1956–1964
Unit 4. Coursework
- This is an independently researched essay of 3,000-4,000 words
- The essay title is chosen by the student
The minimum entry requirement for Level 3 study is 5 GCSEs A*-C including English and Mathematics; these should be in at least 4 different subjects. You will receive guidance about which pathway will be most suited to your needs which will be based on your anticipated GCSE Point Score. If you have a higher Point Score you will be encouraged to take a more academic route and if your Point Score is lower you may wish to choose a more vocational pathway. However, these options will be discussed in your admission interview.
Specific entry requirements:
5 GCSE’s at grades A*-B. A GCSE in History is preferable but not essential.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coppice Performing Arts School directly.