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History - OCR A Level at Countesthorpe Leysland Community College

Course description

Head of Department: Mrs. R. Fullthorpe


Department Information

​The department comprises five rooms within its own History pod. We are well-equipped with a range of ICT and paper resources. Our History staff are both experienced and effective at delivering the Key stage 5 courses. Our historical experiences are both wide and varied contributing to a vibrant and well-rounded department.


Why study this course?

With a qualification in History, you could go on to Higher education or you could work in a great variety of jobs, for example, business, the police service, law, journalism and the media.


Aims of the course

The course is aimed to motivate students with a passion for History both in terms of developing cross-curricular skills and in the understanding of historical content.

Course content

Course outline

Britain 1625-1701: Conflict, Revolution and Settlement


This option comprises a study in breadth, which students will learn about key features of monarchical and republican rule in Britain, set within the context of broader social, economic and religious change. The events of this period saw a decisive shift in the balance of power between Crown and parliament.


Russia and Revolution 1894-1924


This option is an in depth study of the causes, course and consolidation of the Russian Revolution of 1917. Students will gain an in depth understanding of revolutionary activity in Russia in the years 1894-1917. The reasons for the successful consolidation of the revolution of October 1917 under Lenin and the Bolsheviks will also be studied.


The Witchcraze in Britain, Europe and North America c.1580-c.1750


This option explores the nature of the witchcraze that took hold in the late 16th Century and the changing attitudes to magic and sorcery that eventually contributed to its decline. Students will study the social, economic, political dimensions of the phenomenon and the broad intellectual changes that ushered in what is often called the Age of Reason.



Coursework: Nazi Germany


The focus is on understanding the nature and purpose of the work of the historian. Students will produce an extended essay of 3-4000 words based around three historians' interpretations of an event e.g. Holocaust.


Entry requirements

At least a 5 or above in History at GCSE


How am I assessed?

At the end of your second year of study (Year 13), you will be examined in three units. You will sit a separate exam for each unit:


• Britain, 1625-1701

• Russia in Revolution, 1894-1924

• The Witch Craze in Britain, Europe and North America, c1580-c1750

The coursework unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated. It will be completed by April of Year 13

Future opportunities

Where does this course lead?

​History develops a variety of cross-curricular skills in both written and verbal comminication skills. Therefore, it can lead to higher education and a career in law, teaching or working in museums and libraries.

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: 03 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 year