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History A Level at Wanstead High School

Course description

In Year 12, History students will follow a pathway investigating communist states in the twentieth century, and will investigate developments and changes in two case studies (one in breadth), and their impact upon the lives of ordinary people. In Year 13 the focus is upon social, economic and political issues and developments affecting the British Empire, studied both in depth and in breadth, as well as an independent investigation.

Year 12: Route E: Communist States in the Twentieth Century (An AS exam can be sat for these two units)

Unit 1: Russia, 1917-1991: From Lenin to Yeltsin
This option comprises 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, including its rise to and fall from superpower status. Students will sit a 2 hour 15 minute exam, with two breadth essay questions and one interpretation-based question.

Unit 2: Mao’s China, 1949-1976
This option comprises a study in depth of the transformation of communist China. Students will investigate the political, economic and social changes in this period and their impact upon the lives of the Chinese people. Students will sit a 1 hour 30 minute exam, with one source question and one depth essay question.

Year 13:

Unit 3: Britain: Losing and Gaining an Empire, 1763-1914
This topic consists of breadth and depth topics exploring the development of the British empire and the part played by the Royal Navy and Merchant Marine. Students will study the political, economic and social developments that resulted in Britain possessing the largest empire the world has ever known. Students will sit a 2 hour 15 minute exam, with two essay questions and one source question.

Unit 4: Coursework independent study: Interpretations of the Civil Rights movement This independent study unit focuses upon differing historical interpretations of key people, movements and organisations in the American Civil Rights movement. Students will compare, analyse and evaluate the works of three historians on a chosen issue, in the form of an assignment of 4000 words.

All A level history exams will be sat at the end of Year 13. Paper 1 and 2 are worth 25% each of the A level grade, Paper 3 is worth 30% and the coursework is worth 20%.

Entry requirements

Grade A*-B in History is required. If a student did not take History GCSE they must have a B (6-9) in English GCSE. Students must be motivated and able to work and research independently.

Future opportunities

Students learn to develop hypotheses and justify arguments, analyse information and critically evaluate evidence and interpretations. These skills help students in all areas of work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 March 2017
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