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History at Nobel School

Course description

Awarding Body: Edexcel

The course consists of 4 units. It involves the study of British, European and American history during the 19thand 20th centuries.

What will I learn on this course?

This course will enable you to:

  • * develop your interest in and enthusiasm for history;
  • * acquire and effectively communicate knowledge and understanding of periods of history;
  • * explore the significance of events, individuals, issues and societies in history;
  • * understand the nature of historical evidence and the methods used by historians in analysis and evaluation;
  • * develop your understanding of how the past has been interpreted and represented.

Course content

This course will appeal to students who:

  • * have a genuine interest in reading;
  • * enjoy participating in discussion, debate, expressing and justifying their opinions;
  • * enjoy learning in a variety of active ways, including discussions, presentations, role plays and research as well as individual study and essay writing;
  • * enjoy studying a subject which will increase their understanding of the world today;
  • * want to keep their options open for further study - History is a well-regarded qualification for a wide range of courses in higher education and for future careers.

Entry requirements

Students will be expected to have 5 or more GCSEs grade A*-B, including Bs in History or English.


AS Level

Unit 1 - Russia in Revolution and Stalin's Russia 1881-1953. This includes the nature of the Tsarist State, economic and social changes and the 1905 and 1917 revolutions and Lenin's Russia. Students will also study 'The Soviet Union after Lenin, 1924-41'. Students examine the nature of communist rule during the years of Stalin's dictatorship before World War II, including how Stalin came to power, the Purges and his economic reforms. It is tested by an exam of 1 hour 20 minutes.

Unit 2 - British Unit. Britain, c.1860-1930 : The Changing Position of Women and the Suffrage Question. This includes the changing status of women socially and politically. The origins and impact of the suffragist and suffragette campaigns. Also the impact of changing laws on women. This is tested by a written exam of 1 hour 20 minutes.

Those students who wish only to study AS Level History will finish the course after these initial two modules.

A Level

Unit 3 - The United States 1917 - 1924 : Boom, Bust and Recovery. This includes studying the problems of the USA after World War I, prohibition and the gangsters and racism and the Ku Klux Klan and opposition to Roosevelt as President 1933-45. The USA 1941-54: The impact of war and the significance of anti-communism. This is tested by a written examination of 2 hours.

Unit 4 - Historical Enquiry: Coursework - The State and the Poor 1815-1939. The first part of this course is taught and will give students an overview of developments in provision for the poor of the UK by the State. Students then choose an aspect that they would like to study in more detail and conduct individual research on their chosen topic. The Coursework consists of 2 internally assessed essays. The first showing the short term significance of a key event, individual, development or movement. The second showing how their chosen event or individual fits into a broader context.

Future opportunities

You will find this course useful if you wish to follow a career in the following areas:

  • law;
  • teaching;
  • research;
  • advertising and the media;
  • accountancy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nobel School directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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