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History GCE A Level (single option) (Option Block C) at The North School

Course description

We are studying the new AQA History A level which allows you to:

  • understand the significance of historical events
  • understand the role of individuals in history and the nature of change over time
  • gain a deeper understanding of the past through political, social, economic and cultural perspectives

Course content

The A level History qualification has two assessments and one 3500 word coursework piece, which will all be assessed at the end of the two year course. The units on which you will be examined are:

HIS1H Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855–1964

This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:

  • How was Russia governed and how did political authority change and develop?
  • Why did opposition develop and how effective was it?
  • How and with what results did the economy develop and change?
  • What was the extent of social and cultural change?
  • How important were ideas and ideology?
  • How important was the role of individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?

HIS2S The Making of Modern Britain, 1951–2007

This option provides for the study in depth of the key political, economic, social and international changes which helped to mould Britain in the second half of the 20th century. It explores concepts such as government and opposition, class, social division and cultural change. It encourages students to reflect on Britain’s changing place in the world as well as the interrelationship between political policies, economic developments and political survival.


Entry requirements

Students will require a minimum of five A*-C/9-4 grades at GCSE, including English and

a grade 6 in either History or English Language.


2 Exams and a 3500 word coursework piece at the end of the 2 year course

Financial information

There are no specific financial implications of this course, however, there may be some optional requirements such as revision guides. These can be bought at the students discretion.

Future opportunities

History is useful for studying other evidence and essay-based subjects at university. It is also widely accepted in employment in areas such as retail, management, law and the police force.

Further information

For further information on the requirements and content of this course, please contact Mr M Waghorn.

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: 14 March 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years