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History A Level at North Bromsgrove High School

Course description

History students learn how to select and prioritise information, support and justify arguments; and present complex arguments with sensitivity. History is topical, it is the study of the world around us - students will discover the origin of forces and processes that continue to shape our world today. Students must be prepared to study outside the classroom, reading textbooks, making detailed notes, preparing summaries and developing arguments.

Course content

Britain 1625-1660 This is a study in depth which looks at the challenges faced by those in authority before and during the English Civil War. It explains concepts such as Divine Right and Arminianism, radical groups such as the Levellers and Ranters, political debates over religion, finance and royal power and the study of key individuals such as Charles I and Oliver Cromwell.

Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1964 This is a breadth study which looks at issues such as change, continuity, cause and consequence. It investigates, across the period, the government of Russia/the USSR, the development and effectiveness of opposition and economic and social changes. Major events such as the emancipation of the serfs, the Russian Revolution and Stalin’s purges, and key individuals such as Nicholas II and Lenin are covered.

Coursework This unit requires the students to produce an individually researched and written Historical Investigation. The essay must be 3000-3500 words long and cover a period of 100 years. We will teach an overview of Germany 1870-1970 and the investigations will be based on this.

Entry requirements

- Standard entry requirements
- A grade 6 or above in English Literature
- A grade B or above in history if studied at GCSE


 80% Examination    

20% Coursework

Future opportunities

- law
- civil service
- business management
- media

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 February 2017

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