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History - A Level at Dinnington High School

Course description

History is an exciting subject which aims to create a detailed understanding of the past using a variety of sources as evidence. It is a subject which is highly regarded by both universities and employers and leads to a wide range of courses and careers as it is a skills based subject promoting analysis and independence.

Course content

Unit 1 - Y106: England 1485-1558: the Early Tudors (Enquiry topic: Mid Tudor Crisis)

This aspect of the course examines the government of Henry VII and the threats to his rule, Henry VII’s foreign policy, Henry VIII and Thomas Wolsey and the reign of Henry VIII after 1529. The source based enquiry topic is about the Mid Tudor crisis – the stability, religious changes and rebellion and unrest that occurred between Henry VIII’s death and the accession of Elizabeth I.


Unit 2 - Y221: Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919-1963

This aspect of the course examines the establishment and development of Weimar 1919- January 1933, the establishment of the Nazi dictatorship and its domestic policies, the impact of WWII and defeat on Germany 1939-49 and the divided Germany – the Federal Republic and DDR 1949-63


Unit 3 – Y319: Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992

This theme focuses on the struggle of citizens in the United States to gain equality before the law. Students should understand the factors which encouraged and discouraged change during this period.


Unit 4 – Coursework (History A Y100)

The coursework is an independently researched essay of 3000–4000 words in length. This unit is a non exam assessment. The work will be marked by centres and moderated by OCR.

Entry requirements

At least 5 A*-C’S including C at English (or equivalent). If History was studied at GCSE a C is also required.


A level – 3 exams (Unit 1 = 25%, Unit 2 = 15%, Unit 3 = 40% and Unit 4 coursework = 20%). For the awarding of the full A Level, the exams are sat in the May/June of Year 13.

Further information

Enrichment Opportunities

In the past, students have been given the opportunity to attend student conferences and we have run a very successful residential trip to Berlin, where we visited Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, the Topographic of Terror and remnants of the Berlin Wall.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 04 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Or Mrs C Waring

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • MRS L Sutcliffe-Burrows
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01909 550066
    • Email address:


  • More information
    • We are located by the side of a local college and on a major bus route, from Worksop and Rotherham.  Buses also run regularly from Sheffield.