History A Level at The Harvey Grammar School
Examining Board: AQA Head of Department: Mr M Duncan
In studying history you will learn
about the significance of events, the role of individuals and importance of issues
how and why societies have changed over time
about different interpretations of history and the language used by historians to discuss their ideas
to understand the nature of historical evidence and the methods used to analyse and evaluate it
As well as studying history to an advanced level, this course will enable you to develop key skills, which will be essential to you whatever you go on to do, including: communication, in particular, presenting a coherent argument and backing it up with relevant evidence; problem solving; working with others; and improving your own learning and performance.
At A-Level, there are three assessment components. Component 1 assesses students’ understanding of breadth and of historical interpretations. Component 2 assesses understanding of depth and of the value of primary sources. Component 3 is a Historical Investigation (non-exam assessment).
The topics you will study for A Level are:
Component 1- Autocracy, Reform and Revolution: Russia, 1855–1917
This unit explores Russia under the rule of the Tsars and the development of the long term causes of the Russian Revolution. Students will study the impact of WWI on Russia and look at the rise of revolutionary groups.
Component 2- British History- Society in Crisis, 1906–1929
The Liberal crisis, 1906–1914
Students will study the Liberal governments and the influence of key politicians including Asquith, Lloyd George and Churchill. Students will also study the social problems of Britain in the early 20th century and the impact of WWI on politics.
Component 3- The Soviet Union, 1917–1964
Students will study the emergence of the communist dictatorship starting with Lenin’s Russia. They will then look at the establishment of Stalin as leader and the impact of his social and economic reforms.
Part Two: The Emergence of the Affluent Society, 1929–1957
Students will cover the leadership of MacDonald, Baldwin and Chamberlain and will trace the course of the depression, the political development and the challenges to political stability. They will also look at the social and cultural impact of total war on Britain during WWII.
Entry Criteria: GCSE grade 6 in History
plus: GCSE grade 5 in English (Language or Literature) and GCSE grade 5 in Mathematics
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Harvey Grammar School directly.