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History at Oaklands Catholic School

Course description

History should encourage students to:

  • acquire and effectively communicate knowledge and understanding of the period of History studied
  • develop their understanding and expertise of historical skills, terms and concepts 
  • explore the significance of events, individuals, issues and societies in British, European and World History.
  • understand the nature of historical evidence and the methods used by historians in analysis and evaluation of that evidence.
  • develop their understanding of how the past has been interpreted and represented by different historians at different times.

Course content

A variety of methods are used to develop independent study habits. Students are expected to take a full part  in group discussion of major issues and present research findings.

Opportunities exist for day conferences where leading historians give their interpretations of the major events studied.

Unit 1: British Period Study and Enquiry

From Pitt to Peel: Britain 1783-1853 - (Enquiry topic: Peel and the Age of Reform)

British Period Study: British Government in the Age of Revolution 1783–1832

  • Pitt the Younger.
  • Lord Liverpool and the Tories 1812–1830
  • Foreign Policy 1783-1830
  • Parliamentary reform and the Great Reform Act

Enquiry Topic: Peel and the Age of Reform 1832-1853

  • Peel and the Conservative Party 1832-1846
  • Peel and social reform 1832-1846
  • Peel and pressure groups

Unit 2: Non- British Period Study

The Crusades and the Crusader States 1095-1192

  • The First Crusade
  • The Crusader States in the Twelfth Century
  • The Second Crusade
  • The Third Crusade

Unit 3: Thematic Study and Historical Interpretations

Russia and its Rulers 1855-1964 - Thematic Study

  • The nature of government
  • The impact of dictatorial regimes on the economy and society of the Russian Empire and the USSR
  • Impact of war and revolution on the development of the Russian Empire and the USSR

Russia: Empire, nationalities and satellite states - Depth Study

  • Alexander II’s domestic reforms
  • The Provisional Government
  • Khrushchev in power 1956–1964

Unit 4: Topic Based Essay
(20% of A Level; 1 essay)

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths.
  • GCSE History grade C is essential.


Unit 1: British Period Study and Enquiry
(25% of A Level; 1 hour 30 minutes)

Unit 2: Non- British Period Study
(15% of A Level; 1 hour)

Unit 3: Thematic Study and Historical Interpretations
(40% of A Level; 2h 30 minutes)

Topic 4: Topic Based Essay
(20% of A Level; 1 essay)

Coursework will be submitted in Year 13.

All three exams will be sat at the end of Year 13.

Future opportunities

A level History is widely regarded as one of the ‘Gold Standard’ A levels and is highly regarded by University Admissions tutors. Students with A level History go on to read a wide range of subjects ranging from Law, English and Languages to Theology,  Economics and Psychology. A number of students each year decide to read History at a range of Universities including those requiring the highest standard of entry.

History graduates have a good ‘track record’ of graduate employment ranging from journalism and the civil service to industry and commerce. A number of the most prominent positions in the public services and industry are occupied by History graduates.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oaklands Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 22 March 2016

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