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History A Level at Cedars Upper School

Course description

The course will consist of three components which are taken from topics ranging over a two hundred year period of history. The topics are chosen to present students with a wide range of historical issues, social and political history and international relations with an inherent focus on Russia and Britain. The course tackles different skills – handling evidence, writing essays, evaluating interpretations and source material to consider both historical debate and reliability and studying historical themes.

Course content

 Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855-1917
 The Making of Modern Britain, 1951-1979
 Breadth Study: Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855-1964 (1917-1964) (40%)
 Depth study: The Making of Modern Britain, 1951-1979 (1979-2007) (40%)
 Historical Investigation: Topic-based essay in the context of 100 years: Stuart Britain and the Crisis of the Monarchy, 1603-1702 (20%)

Entry requirements

Students must have studied History and achieved a grade C at GCSE.


Students will take two exams and submit a Personal Study entitled ‘Historical Investigation’. The examinations carry different weightings and have different marks allocated to them. All examinations are at the end of the course. The coursework will be completed in year 13 and consists of an essay between 3,000 and 3.500 words.

Financial information

Students will need to purchase the recommended text books for the Russia period of study and the British period study.
Occasional study days: Approximately £30.
Students can also subscribe to Modern History Review (optional) for approximately £30

Future opportunities

History students develop a range of skills including the research and assessment of evidence, analysis and evaluation of material inquisitive and forming reasoned judgements. These skills make History students very versatile and employable in later life and can lead to a wide range of careers in business, commerce, journalism, publishing, government, law, teaching and research amongst others. History accompanies other humanities/ arts subjects as well as scientific/practical subjects.

Further information

History is a very highly regarded A level with many transferable skills and provides a depth of understanding that allows students to fully express themselves in essays and discussions creating further levels of enjoyment and development.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years