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History A Level at The Folkestone School for Girls

Course description

History AQA

Course content

Unit 1 – The Tudors: England 1485-1603 This paper examines how effectively the Tudors restored and developed the powers of the monarchy, how relations with foreign powers changed, the changes in the cultural, intellectual and religious climate of the nation and the importance of prominent individuals. Unit 2 – The Russian Revolution and the Rise of Stalin, 1917-53 This paper examines the origins and impact of communism in Russia. It explores the rise of significant individuals such as Lenin and Stalin, as well as the ways in which ideology and terror were used in establishing dictatorships in Soviet Russia. Unit 3 – Historical Investigation American History from the emancipation of slaves (1883) until the assassination of Kennedy (1963). Students study the evolution of the USA from the end of the Civil War to its rise as a superpower nation. Then, as an individual research project they are free to explore any one of a variety of themes, for example social or political change; the impact of key individuals; the effects of war or the country’s changing perception of its place in the world. Students will need to formulate a challenging and appropriate enquiry question and explore the issues it raises through personally selected primary sources.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 6 or above in History or another Humanities subject.


Two written exams of 2 hours 30 minutes (80%) each, as well as an independent study of 3000 – 3,500 words, internally assessed (20%)

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to history by seeking employment in areas of heritage such as working for a museum or within education such as a teacher.

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 01 December 2017
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