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History A Level at Southend High School for Girls

Course description

Students will study Russia: 1855 to 1964, focusing on the
last of the Tsars, the background to the Russian Revolution
of 1917, the overthrow of the monarchy during the Revolution,
and communism in Russia under Lenin, Stalin, and
They will also study France: 1774 to 1815, which will
provide an interesting contrast, enabling them to
study the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars.
In addition they will study England: 1485 to 1558, which
will enable them to focus on something closer to home.
It will enable them to explore the reigns of the first four
Tudors (Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, and Mary), the
evolution of English foreign policy, and the Break from
Rome. A particular focus is placed on the Mid-Tudor Crisis, the
period from 1547 to 1558 during which England weathered
numerous rebellions, coup d’états, and wars, and (some
would argue) came close to falling apart. Each of these
three units will be assessed through external examinations.
Finally students will produce a single piece of coursework
on a topic of their choice.


Entry requirements

Grade B or higher in GCSE History and GCSE English Language


Assessment during the course will be focused on developing
the skills needed for their final examinations and their
coursework. Students will be writing essays and source
work answers that develop their explanatory and analytical
skills, and their ability to communicate clearly and

Future opportunities

History as a rigorously academic subject is highly valued
by a range of employers. Many of the skills developed
through the study of History are particularly useful for
those wanting to study law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southend High School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 17 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years