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History A Level at Saint Benedict, A Catholic Voluntary Academy

Course description

History A level students will follow two units over the two years of the course

  • Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855 – 1964. This unit examines how Russia developed during the 19th Century and how the conditions were created for the Revolutions of 1917. The period up to 1917 is covered in Year 12. During Year 13 students explore the development of Communism in Russia and the creation of the totalitarian superpower, the Soviet Union.

The Making of Modern Britain 1951 – 2007. We consider how Britain emerged from the period of the Second World War and examine how Britain altered in the second half of the Twentieth Century. We explore change in British politics, in the economy and in society. We look at Britain’s changing place in the World as a declining Imperial power, in the context of the Cold War and also Britain’s changing relationship with Europe. The period up to 1979 is covered in Year 12 with the years 1979 to 2007 covered in Year 13

Entry requirements

All Level 3 students must have 5 separate GCSE passes (A*-C), including English Language and Maths.  

Grade B in English Language, Grade C in History (if studied at GCSE)


Students will also complete a 3,500 word Individual Assignment. We have not decided the topic for this yet but it will cover an issue, over a 100 year period, dating from before 1807. We have to study an issue from before 1807 to comply with the requirement that the A level course covers more than a 200 year period.  

Future opportunities

History A-level is a valuable qualification because of the skills acquired by students. Students will develop an ability to interpret and use a wide variety of types of information.  They will be able to reach their own conclusion and be able to communicate any ideas they have in a variety of ways.  These aptitudes are useful for students who wish to study for a degree courses, and also for entry into a range of professions, especially legal, managerial and public sector services.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Benedict, A Catholic Voluntary Academy directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years