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History A level at Oldfield School

Course description

What will I study?

Changes to the A Level specifications for 2015 mean that candidates study two units throughout the two years of the course: a breadth study and a depth study. Only the candidates wishing to drop the subject at the end of Year 12 will take the AS exam. For those continuing to A Level, there will be one exam at the end of Year 13 for each of these units.

  • Breadth Study

The Tudors: England 1485-1603 (AS Level: 1485-1547)

A look at a crucial period in English history: the consolidation of the Tudor dynasty and its struggles with the Church, foreign powers and internal rebellions.

  • Depth Study

Russia: Revolution and Dictatorship, 1917-1953 (AS Level: 1917-1929)

We focus on the fascinating experiment that took place in Russia after the Revolution in 1917: the first attempt by a country to make Communism work, and the subsequent descent into bloody dictatorship under Stalin.

  • Historical enquiry completed in lessons worth 40% of A Level.

Black Civil Rights in the USA, 1865-1980

You choose the question and write an extended essay on the darkness at the heart of the twentieth century’s most powerful democracy.

Entry requirements

C or above at GCSE History. Students who have not taken GCSE History will also be considered but need to consult with the course teacher.


Examination Board - AQA

Future opportunities

History A level is an extremely desirable qualification for both Higher Education and in a range of careers. It encourages independent study skills and you will learn the skills of evaluation, analysis and interpretation. These are invaluable to any employer. It can be used as a point of entry to study History or a related degree course at university.

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Am I suited to this course?

You would be well-suited to studying History at A level if you:

  • enjoy learning about key events using a rich variety of learning resources and stimuli including film, literature, personal memoirs and original 16th century sources
  • are interested in studying and comparing developments in both Britain and the wider world
  • like finding out about individuals in the past, and how they changed people’s lives
  • enjoy expressing yourself with the written word, and reading around the subject.

What other subjects does it complement?

English, Sociology, Law and Psychology combine particularly well with A level History. The skills required in Biology, Maths and Geography also support the study of History at AS level.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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