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History: A level linear, NO AS qualification at St Richard Reynolds Catholic College

Course description

What is it about?

This A level explores some of the most momentous events in human history. Students will be given the opportunity to explore the Civil Rights Movement, Stuart Britain and the changes to Russia betweeen the years 1917 - 1953. Pupils will study the key events, peoples and concepts of the time and will ponder the impact that these had on future events. Why study history? Because as Mark Twain once said, "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme".

Who does it suit?

People who study history are fearless explorers of the past. They investigate past politics, societies, cultures, languages, health, art, education, money, conflicts and more, look at how things have developed over time and connect the dots to understand how we got where we are today.

It might be about the past, but there are plenty of careers in history that you can pursue today.  


Course content

You will study:

Stuart Britain and the Crisis Monarchy
A study in breadth of the changes to Britain during the Stuart era. It explores topics such as Charles I, Divine Right of Kings, the English Civil Wars, changes to British society, religious changes and the increased role of Parliament. It also enables students to consider issues of political authority, the power of individuals and the inter-relationship of governmental and economic and social change. Pupils will have the opportunity to study how important was the role played by key individuals and groups and how they were affected by developments.

Revolution and dictatorship: Russia 1917 - 1953
This option provides for the study in depth of the coming and practice of Communism in Russia. It explores concepts such as Marxism, Communism, Leninism and Stalinism, ideological control and dictatorship.  It also enables students to consider issues of political authority, the power of individuals and the inter-relationship of governmental and economic and social change.

Historical Investigation: America and Civil Rights 1863 - 1968
The purpose of the Historical Investigation is to enable students to develop the skills, knowledge and historial understanding acquired through the study of the examined components of the specification. Through undertaking the Historical Investigation students will develop an enhanced understanding of the nature and purpose of history as a discipline and how historians work. The pupils must investigate a 100 year segment of history, in this case America and Civil Rights, 1863 - 1968, and this will be presented in the form of a piece of extended writing of between 3000 and 3500 words in length.

In addition to timetabled lessons, this subject requires 5 hours of private study per week.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSE Grade 4 - 9 including English Language and Mathematics

Subject specific:
GCSE History Grade 6


Module 1: Breadth Study - Stuart Britain
What's assessed?  All content covered in the module
Duration:  150 minutes exam, 3 questions
% of A level? 40%

Module 2: Depth Study - Russia 1917 - 1953
What's assessed? All content covered in the module
Duration: 150 minutes exam, 3 questions
% of A level? 40%

Non-exam assessment:
What's assessed? Historical investigation
Duration: 3000 - 3500 words essay
% of A level? 20%

Future opportunities

Potential careers: Armed Forces, police, law, solicitor, barrister, politics, researcher, charity work, human resources, marketing, management, media, social media, advertising, radio, presenting, civil service, museums, lecturer, teacher, archaeology, journalism, publishing, retail, travel and tourism, graduate training schemes, archivist, 
public relations.

Goes well with: Government and Politics, English

Further information

Potential for a residential trip to Krakow and Auschwitz.

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: 19 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr Matthew Butcher
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 020 8325 4630
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