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History A Level at The Harvey Grammar School

Course description



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.


History combines well with all other Humanities subjects and is a popular choice at The Harvey. Universities and employers recognise History as a rigorous, academic subject that helps to equip students with good writing and research skills and the ability to analyse material critically. History is popular at the Harvey, achieving excellent results at GCSE and at A Level. History is a very good choice for anyone considering a career in law, research, archaeology, data analysis and journalism. Many of our stronger science students choose to study History as a fourth A Level in order to broaden their sixth form studies.

Entry requirements


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

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 22 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years