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HistoryAS/A-Level at Colne Community School

Course description

The A-Level course follows OCR History route B and over the course of the two years we will be studying the following:

AS Level:

- The End of Consensus: Britain 1945-1990 (F981)

- The Italian Renaissance (F984)

During F981, learners will explore the theory and practice of explanation – of ideas, practices and events – located within a 45 year study of 20th Century Britain. Whilst the F984 unit considers the theory of using evidence. Learners will, for example, consider the distinction between historical sources and historical evidence and between primary and secondary sources. They will also cover the wide range of different types of historical sources – for example written, pictorial and statistical – and the different issues they raise, as well as the different uses they have.


- British Imperialism 1850 – 1950 (F985)

- “Historical Significance” (F987)

Building on earlier units, F985 allows students to now study how and why historians disagree about the past – exploring how different methodologies lead to different interpretations. They will then consider different approaches to their chosen topic. In the final unit, F987, students will examine the vocabulary of significance. They will prepare a Personal Study (of up to 3000 words) backed by a Research Diary to demonstrate their understanding and methods.

Entry requirements

GCSE History – Grade C minimum, GCSE English – Grade C minimum

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Colne Community School directly.

Last updated date: 23 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years