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History A Level at The Axe Valley Community College

Course description

If you have a natural interest in society around you and are interested in current affairs, then you will almost certainly enjoy studying History. If reading, acquiring knowledge about societies in the past, discussion, playing with ideas and arguments, and analytical writing appeal to you, then you will almost certainly love studying History. It is not essential to have studied it for GCSE, but success in English GCSE may well be a good guide as to your likely aptitude for the subject. The study of History trains you to select relevant information, assess the validity of an argument, think and write logically, make informed judgments about controversial issues, and present a well-ordered case backed by supporting evidence.

Course content

AS: You will study two units.  The Breadth Study is called: “Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855-1917”. You will study the key issues facing the Tsars at this time and their responses, plus the key individuals, causes and developments of the Russian revolution.  The Depth Study is called: “Religious conflict and the Church in England 1529-1547”. You will study what the Church before and after Henry VIII’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon led to a break from Rome and how people felt about the changes. For the Full A Level, you will investigate what happened next. The Breadth study is: “Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855–1964” and the depth study is: “Religious Conflict and the Church in England, c1529–c1570”. You will also work on a piece of coursework where you will choose your own focus and question and carry out your own research.

Entry requirements

The normal 5 A*-C GCSE grades


A/S will be assessed through 2 exams. A Level will be assessed through 2 exams plus a piece of coursework.

Future opportunities

The skill most developed by History is that of critical analysis and the ability to express ideas, knowledge and interpretations clearly and coherently. These skills are valued in the fields of management, law, administration, accountancy, journalism and marketing, making history a widely respected and valued qualification by both employers and universities. History is considered a worthwhile A level subject for entry to almost all degree courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Axe Valley Community College directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years