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History A'Level at Newstead Wood School

Course description

Awarding Body: AQA

Course content

Studying History at New stead Wood presents an exciting opportunity to study both early modern and C20th history.

A’level students must take assessments in all three of the following components.

Component 1: Breadth Study

This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period. Topics include the nature of the monarchy in the C17th, religious divisions, political disputes with Parliament, the personal rule and the descent into Civil War. Cromwell and the Protectorate, the role of ideology, the restoration of the monarchy and the Glorious Revolution, government under William and Mary and the condition of the monarchy by 1702.

Component 2: Revolution and Dictatorship

Russia and the Soviet Union 1917-1953 This option provides the opportunity to study a period of major change in depth, focusing on key ideas, events and developments. Topics include Russia in 1917 and the February revolutions, the Bolshevik seizure of power and the establishment of a Communist dictatorship, ideological debates with the CPSU and the emergence of Stalin. The economy and society under Stalin, the Great Terror and the impact of the Great Patriotic War. High Stalinism, post-war reconstruction and the transformation of the Soviet Union’s international position 1945-53.

Component 3: A 3000 word essay completed through independent study in Year 13.

Entry requirements

A*- A grade at History GCSE



  • 1D Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603-1702
  • 2N Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia and the Soviet Union 1917-1953


  • The Middle East 1900-2000
  • Tudor Rebellions 1485-1603

Future opportunities

A Level History is highly regarded by universities and employers and is particularly useful for those hoping to study Law, Journalism and the Media. It provides an excellent training in critical thought and the ability to write logically and analytically. Students in Year 12 are invited to apply for positions as Student Subject Leaders and their role is to promote the subject across the school, mentor younger students, run revision sessions for Year 10 and Year 11 students, speak to parents at Open Evening and generally be ambassadors for the subject across all Key Stages.

Further information

Our results are consistently high and we are proud that so many students choose History as their subject of undergraduate study. 90% of Year 12 students who opted to take AS History achieved grades A-B 91% of History students achieved grades A*-B at the end of Year 13. This Autumn, our students have gone on to study History at the following universities - Oxford, Durham, Manchester, St. Andrews, Leicester, Birmingham, Sussex.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 November 2016
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