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History - Edexcel A LEVEL at East Durham College

Course description

Awarding Body - Edexcel

AS Level
Unit 1: Breadth study with interpretations
Option 1C: Britain 1625—1701: Conflict, revolution and settlement
Assessment: Exam

Unit 2: Depth Study
Option 2C.2: Russia in Revolution, 1894—1924
Assessment: Exam

What is it worth?
Unit 1: 30% A Level / 60% AS Level
Unit 2: 20% A Level / 40% AS Level

A Level
Unit 3: Themes in breadth with aspects in depth
Option: The British Experience of Warfare, c1790—1918
Assessment: Exam

Unit 4: Coursework
Option: The Golden Age of Spain, 1474 - 1598
Assessment: 3000—4000 word essay

What is it worth?
Unit 3: 30% A Level
Unit 4: 20% A Level

You will sit AS exams at the end of year one and A level exams at the end of year two.

Course content


Britain 1625—1701: Conflict, revolution and settlement
1.The quest for political stability,1625–88
2.Religion: conflict and dissent, 1625–88
3.Social and intellectual challenge, 1625–88
4.Economy, trade and empire, 1625–88
5.Historical Interpretations: How revolutionary, in the years to 1701, was the Glorious Revolution of 1688–89?

Russia in revolution, 1894–1924
1.The rule of Nicholas II, 1894–1905
2.The end of Romanov rule, 1906–17
3.The Provisional government and its opponents, February – October 1917
4.Defending the Bolshevik revolution, October 1917–24

The British Experience of Warfare, c. 1790 - 1918
1.Changes in organising the military
2.Changes in the role of the people
3.Britain and the French Wars, 1793–1815
4.The Crimean War, 1854–56
5.The second Boer War, 1899–1902
6.Trench warfare on the Western Front, 1914–18
7.The war in the air, 1914–18

The Golden Age of Spain, 1474 - 1598
1.Changing geographical reach of Spanish power
2.Changing military and financial power
3.The Spanish Inquisition and the persecution of the Jews, 1478–92
4.The accession of Charles and the revolt of the Comuneros, 1516–29
5.The price revolution and its impact, c1500–c1570
6.The campaign for orthodoxy, 1558–70
7.The crisis in Aragon, 1590–93


Entry requirements

For History you will need a grade B or above in GCSE English.

For a 3 A level programme you will need to have a minimum of 5 A* - C grade passes at GCSE which includes English and Mathematics.

For a 4 A level programme you will need to have a minimum of 6 A* - C grade passes at GCSE which includes English and Mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at A* - A grade.


AS assessment: 2 exams lasting 1 hour and 20 minutes each.
A2 assessment: 1 exam lasting 2 hours and coursework.

Financial information

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment.

Future opportunities

Students are able to go on to careers in business, marketing, teaching, journalism, law, museum and archive work.

Further information

Study at University subjects such as History, English, Business, Law, Geography, Journalism, Sociology etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact East Durham College directly.

Last updated date: 12 April 2016
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