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History A level at The Dukeries Academy

Course description

Component 1 (breadth study): Tsarist Russia and Communist Russia, 1855-1964

A level Part one: Autocracy, Reform and Revolution: Russia, 1855-1917

  • Rule of Alexander II, III and Nicholas II.
  • Collapse of the Tsarist Empire, 1884-1917
  • Bolshevik seizure of power, 1917

A level Part two: The Soviet Union 1917-64

  • The emergence of Communist dictatorship, 1917-41 (Lenin to Stalin and an analysis of Stalin’s dictatorship 1928-41)
  • The Stalinist regime and the Second World War
  • Khrushchev and de-Stalinisation 1953-64

Component 2 (depth study): The Making of Modern Britain,1951-2007

A level Part one: Building a New Britain, 1951–1979

  • The Affluent Society, 1951–1964 from Consensus politics to the emergence of the ‘teenager’.
  • The Sixties, 1964–1970 from industrial relations to the growth of a ‘permissive society’.
  • The end of Post-War Consensus, 1970–1979 from the miners’ strikes to the troubles in Northern Ireland.

A level Part two: Modern Britain, 1979–2007

  • The impact of Thatcherism, 1979–1987 from the Thatcher governments to the Falklands’ War.
  • Towards a new Consensus, 1987–1997 from the political sleaze of the Major government to the Maastricht Treaty.
  • The Era of New Labour, 1997–2007 from Blair as leader of the Labour government to the war on terror

Component 3: An Historical investigation

A personal study based on a topic of student's choice which must take the form of a question in the context of approximately 100 years. It must not duplicate the content of options chosen for Components 1 and 2.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in History GCSE and level 6 in English. 5 A*-C grades at GCSE (including Maths). If you have not studied History at GCSE, a Grade B in another Humanities subject such as Geography is a prerequisite. In addition to this, an ability to read around the subject, watch the news and relevant TV programmes and use the Internet as a search tool is vital. A willingness to learn, discuss and contribute ideas is crucial. A thirst for knowledge, good reading and writing skills are required.

Future opportunities

Students can take up a course at university to study History or Archaeology or in combination with Politics, Languages or Law. It is a highly respected qualification, valued in a wide variety of occupations such as Law, Journalism, Business and Marketing, the Armed Forces and Teaching. You will acquire the skills to be able to write in an analytical style and evaluate sources. History is about learning to think independently. It is about you.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years