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History A Level at Mill Hill County High School

Course description

“History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.” – Alexis de Tocqueville

Students will be given the opportunity to study four very different historical courses which cover a wide chronological and geographical range.  We aim to offer a course covering a broad scope of time and place, with each unit offering its own unique and exciting stories, events, personalities and controversies.

In Year 12, students will study about the USA and the quest for political, social and economic advancement looked mainly to reform existing structures.  In India, this quest led to more radical outcomes bringing an end to imperial rule.  Studying two different countries allows students to develop a greater understanding of both similarities and differences in the search for greater rights, freedoms and equality in the twentieth century world.

In Year 13, students will begin studying for the Paper 3 topic which explores the nature of rebellion and disorder under the Tudors and the way the various challenges were met, the nature of change in government over the period and the changing relationship between the Crown and key sections of society.  Students will explore the way in which, despite a shaky start, the Tudors were able to establish their dynasty as one of the most powerful England has seen.  For their coursework, students will conduct a personal study related to the Cold War.  From its origins in the ruins of World War II, through international hotspots in Berlin, Korea and Cuba, to détente, and finally to its conclusion with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Cold War is rife with controversy providing the basis for students to investigate the validity of competing interpretations.

Course content

Students should be able to:

  • Interpret and evaluate contemporary historical sources
  • Draw and substantiate their own conclusions about historical issues
  • Explain reasons for major events and evaluate contrasting interpretations
  • Assess the extent and significance of historical change
  • Evaluate the impact and significance of key individuals and events

Entry requirements

A minimum of a grade B if this option was studied for GCSE.


A Level 

Paper 1 - In search of the Americal Dream: the USA c.1917-96
2¼ hour exam   /   30% of total A Level mark

Paper 2 - India c.1914-1948: the road to independence
1½ hour exam   /   20% of total A Level mark

Paper 3 - Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors 1485-1603
2¼ hour exam   /   30% of total A Level mark

Coursework:  Historical Interpretations of the Cold War 1944-1990
Coursework 3,000-4,000 words   /   20% of total A Level mark

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Mill Hill County High School directly.

Last updated date: 17 June 2015

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