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History at Ringwood School Academy

Course description

  • Critical use of evidence in assessing historical problems and issues
  • To develop an understanding of key issues over a period of time using the key concepts of continuity and change.
  • To assess different historical interpretations to analyse and evaluate ways in which the past has been interpreted, in debates between historians.
  • To broaden students’ knowledge and understanding of different and countries.
  • To develop the ability to communicate ideas and arguments clearly and accurately.

Course content

AS Level History students will study Units 1 and 2 of the A-Level but over a shorter period: in unit 1 students study Britain 1485 - 1547 and in unit 2 they will cover Revolution and Dictatorship, Russia 1917 - 1929.

The A Level course will consist of two examined components, both worth 40%, and one piece of coursework worth 20%.

  • Unit 1 is a breadth study.

Students will study Britain 1485 - 1603.  Topics include the consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty 1485 - 1547 and England: Turmoil and Triumph 1547 - 1603.


  • Unit 2 is a depth study.

Students will study Revolution, Russia 1917 - 1953. Topics include The Russian Revolution and the Rise of Stalin 1917 - 1929 and Stalin’s rule 1929 - 1953

  • Unit 3 is an historical investigation.

Students will study 100 years of 19th Century British history and complete an investigation on a specific topic. The investigation will be approximately 3000 - 3500

Entry requirements

  • 3 Bs and 3Cs (or equivalent) at GCSE.
  • In addition, B grade(s) in History and/or English are preferred.


Both units of the AS Level are assessed through two written examinations (1 hour 30 minutes each)

Both Units 1 and 2 of the A-Level are assessed through two written exams (2 hours 30 minutes) at the end of the course.

Unit 3 is a coursework element marked by teachers.

Financial information

Students will be provided with the core texts for each unit. They will need to purchase recommended supplementary texts at a cost of £20 for AS and £20 for A2.

Future opportunities

A Level History prepares students for a university degree such as History, Politics and Law.

Further information

The course builds upon the skills attained at GCSE as well as introducing new topics and broadening awareness of current affairs. Through class discussion, wider reading, essay writing and possible day conferences attended by eminent historians, you will be encouraged to examine and analyse events in terms of their causes and national and international consequences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ringwood School Academy directly.

Last updated date: 18 March 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years