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History Studies AS/A2 Level at Nicholas Hamond Academy

Course description


Unit 1: a) Russia from Lenin to Yeltsin (1917-85)

Unit 1 comprises a study in breadth, in which students will learn about the key political, social and economic features of communist rule in Russia during the twentieth century, an era that saw its authority and influence rise to the status of a superpower, only to diminish and decline later in the century. The focus of study is on developments and changes over a broad timescale, and so the content is presented as themes spanning a significant duration: 1917–85. This option also contains a study in depth of historical interpretations on a broad theme: reasons for the fall of the USSR, c1985–91.

Unit 2: b) The German Democratic Republic (1949-85)

Unit 2 comprises a study in depth of the creation, development, decline and collapse of the communist East German state, 1949–90. For the whole of its existence, East Germany was a key focus of world attention as it lay on the frontline of the Cold War, where contrasts between East and West could be seen at their starkest. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the political, economic and social policies of the East German government in this period, and their effects on the lives of its people.

Plus 2 more units in A2 Year

Course content

See above.

Entry requirements


GSCE History studies.



At AS for Edexcel both units are assessed by external examinations. You have two papers both 1h 20m in length and these are sat in June.

At A2 for Edexcel there are once again two units. Unit 3 is externally assessed through a 2 hour examination worth 60% of the A2 while Unit 4 is a coursework submission worth 40% of the A2.

Future opportunities


History is a great A-Level for progression into social science and humanities courses at university, such as History, English, Journalism, Law and Economics. However it is by no means restricted to being useful for these courses alone. Indeed many leading universities also respect science students taking History as the analytical and writing skills gained from it are invaluable in any field.

History is therefore also great as a 4th AS for students thinking of studying medicine or single sciences at university. Its depth, variety and challenging nature means that the skills you learn from History A-Level will remain with you no matter what you choose to study at a higher level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nicholas Hamond Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years