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History A Level at Darrick Wood School

Course description

Students opting for A level History will need to complete four units over two years. Units 1 and 2 focus on communism in the twentieth century. Unit 1 is a breadth paper which explores Communist Russia between 1917 and 1991 and Unit 2 is a depth study looking at China between 1949 and 1976.
Unit 3 is a breadth paper with some aspects in depth which looks at Rebellion and Disorder under the Tudors (1485-1603). In Unit 4 students will complete an independently researched enquiry on historical interpretations. They will write a 3000-4000 word essay as part of this enquiry which is worth 20 per cent of the overall A level.
At the end of Year 13, students will complete three examinations.

Course content

Route E: Communist states in the twentieth century
Paper 1 - Option 1E: Russia, 1917–91: from Lenin to Yeltsin
Paper 2 - Option 2E.1: Mao’s China, 1949–76
Paper 3 - Option 31: Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485–1603
Paper 4 - An independently researched enquiry on historical interpretations.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE History
Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics


Unit 1 - One 2 hour 15 minutes written paper
Unit 2 - One 1 hour 30 minutes written paper
Unit 3 - One 2 hour 15 minutes written paper
Unit 4 - Coursework 3000-4000 word assignment internally assessed, externally moderated

Future opportunities

History is a useful, and often necessary, subject for a lot of careers including: journalism, politics, the law, accountancy, TV research, the police, conservation or environmental work, town planning, building restoration and tourism to name but a few.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darrick Wood School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September


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