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A Level History - Modern World History at All Saints Catholic High School

Course description

The course examines key turning points and super power interactions in modern twentieth century world history. Students gain an in-depth understanding of Modern International History and the relations between nations in a worldwide arena of political controversies.

Students will analyse the key events in the emergence, development and end of the Cold War (1945-91). They will analyse the effects of the Korean and Vietnam wars and the changing nature of the conflict between Capitalism and Communism. Students will consider in depth the part played by world leaders and the development of superpower relations. In the British unit, students will consider the development of the British Empire (1857-1914) and Imperialism (1857-1890). They will also analyse Liberal Rule and the changes throughout this period.

Course content

Unit 1 – The Cold War

Unit 2 – The British Empire

Unit 3 – Coursework Unit

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 4, if taken


Units 1 and 2 are examined through two written examinations. 

Unit 3 is a coursework unit, which will be submitted at the end of Year 13.

Future opportunities

History provides a ‘training of the mind’ whereby students can acquire key skills of analysis, interpretation of sources, understanding a coherent point of view and developing critical analysis through problem solving.

Equipped with such skills History students can find career opportunities in Law, Journalism, Banking, Business and Commerce, Marketing and Teaching.

Further information

Only one History A Level may be studied due to an overlapping of content.

Student comment:

“… The units studied give me a real understanding of the skills of History and the development of Modern Nations and Politics. I have enjoyed it so much that I have decided to read History at University.” 


How to apply

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Last updated date: 10 October 2018
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