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History AS/A Level at Stoke Newington School

Course description

AS Level:

This course is composed of two units, each assessed by an exam:

Unit 1: Russia 1917-91: from Lenin to Yeltsin Unit 2: Mao’s China 1949-76 The main skill tested in the exams for this course is extended writing. Each paper requires some form of essay. Unit 1 is a breadth study looking at historical interpretations.

Unit 2: is a depth study. Students should have a good understanding of how to analyse historical events and should be able to express themselves well in developed historical arguments. Students should also be confident using source material.

A Level:

This course is composed of three exam units and one coursework unit:

Unit 1: Russia 1917-91: from Lenin to Yeltsin

Unit 2: Mao’s China 1949-76

Unit 3: Either Ireland and the Union, c1774-1923 or Britain: losing and gaining an empire, 1763-1914

Unit 4: Coursework: Topic is to be confirmed. It will relate to one of the examination components. The purpose of this coursework is to enable students to develop skills in the analysis and evaluation of interpretations of history in a chosen question, problem or issue as part of an independently researched assignment. The A level course requires more developed answers, essaywriting skills, the evaluation of interpretations, and the independent use of sources to construct the coursework assignment.


Entry requirements

You need a B grade or above in history GCSE. If you did not take history GCSE you need to have a 5 in English GCSE.

Future opportunities

History A level prepares students for a multitude of careers and it is a highly respected academic A level. Journalism, law, education, finance and management are all popular areas for students to further their study as undergraduates or to develop as a career.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stoke Newington School directly.

Last updated date: 18 November 2016
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