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A Level History at St Anselm's Catholic School

Course description

“I am really enthusiastic about history. My teachers are very hard working and encourage me to succeed and are always there to help and inspire me”

Course Overview

The course seeks to encourage students to acquire and effectively communicate knowledge and understanding of selected periods in history; develop their understanding of historical terms and concepts; explore the significance of events, individuals, issues and societies in history; understand the nature of historical evidence and the methods used by historians in its analysis and evaluation; develop their understanding of how the past has been interpreted and represented; develop their interest in and enthusiasm for history. 

Course content

Year 1 A Level:

 Paper 2: ‘The German Democratic Republic, 1949-90’ Examination paper to be taken in Year 13

· A study of how the Communist government became established and consolidated its rule in
East Germany in the years after the Second World War until 1961

· A study of the development of the East German State, 1961-85

· A study of what life was like in East Germany under the Communists, 1949-85

A study of the growing crises and the collapse of Communist rule on East Germany, 1985-90


Year 1 A Level :

 Paper 1: ‘Russia from Lenin to Yeltsin’ Examination paper to be taken in Year 13

· A study of Communist government in the USSR, 1917-85

· A study of Industrial and agricultural change, 1917-85

· A study of how the people were controlled in the USSR, 1917-85

· A study of key social developments, 1917-85


Year 2 A Level:

 Paper 3: ‘Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485-1603’  Exam paper to be taken in Year 13

· A study of how central and local government developed under the Tudors

· A study of the nature of threats to the Tudor Monarchy under Henry VII, 1485-99

· A study of the nature of opposition to Henry VIII’s religious developments during the 1530s

· A study of the nature of the 1549 Kett’s Rebellion

· A study of the rebellions that took place in the years 1569-70
A study of the key rebellions in Ireland that took place in the later years of Elizabeth I’s reign, 1594-1603


To include Year 12 visit to Berlin to analyse the impact of the Cold War in Germany in the years 1949-90. Visits to the University of Kent for external lectures. Visiting speakers to discuss topics such as politics and power in the modern world.

Entry requirements





Future opportunities

Where can this course take me?

Lawyers, librarians, teachers, managers (variety of
leadership roles) where you need to be an effective
communicator / analyse developments in key
industries. Television / media, journalism / researcher.


Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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: 08 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next January
  • Duration: 1 year