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History A-Level at The Clarendon Academy

Course description

Option Title: Russia 1917-1991 – From Lenin to Yeltsin – 30%

This option comprises a study in breadth, in which students will learn about the key political, social and economic features of communist rule in Russia during the twentieth century, an era that saw its authority and influence rise to the status of a superpower, only to diminish and decline later in the century.

This option also contains a study in depth of historical interpretations on a broad questions, covering the reasons for the fall of the USSR, c1985-91.

Option Title: The German Democratic Republic, 1949 – 1990 – 20%

This option comprises a study in depth of the creation, development, decline and collapse of the communist East German state, 1949-90. For the whole of its existence, East Germany was a key focus of world attention as it lay on the frontline of the Cold War, where contrasts between East and West could be seen at their starkest. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the political, economic and social policies of the East German government in this period, and their effects on the lives of its people.

Option Title: The British Experience of Warfare, 1790-1918 – 30%

The breadth and depth topics explore the British experience of war in different aspects, covering major overseas conflicts and the changing relationship between the state and the people as the government attempted to create an effective fighting machine and prepare the people for war. Within the primarily military focus on the experience of warfare, this option also gives students the opportunity to explore its political, social and economic dimensions and their part in generating pressure for change.

Option Title: Coursework 20%

Flexibility for enquiry question to be set by centre (further details to be released by exam board).

Career Pathways

History at A-Level and beyond is a highly regarded and valued subject. The skills of analysis, evaluation and interpretation which are developed through the study of history and essential and many careers, such as Law, Journalism, the Civil Service, Broadcasting, Politics, Local Government, Diplomatic Service and Publishing. At A-Level History combines well with many other subjects. Many students who have studied History A Level at the Clarendon Academy have progressed onto degree courses in History, Archaeology, Egyptology, Politics, Media Studies and Law.

Entry requirements

In the first year of the Sixth Form, students are expected to follow at least 3 subjects. Most will choose 4.

A minimum of 5 grade Cs are required to undertake A Levels and a grade B is recommended in your chosen subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Clarendon Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 April 2015

Key information

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

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