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History A-level at Springwood High School

Course description

On this History course, students take three modules.

Course content

Unit 1C: The Tudors, England, 1485-1603.
This unit is a study of the entire 118 years of Tudor rule. In year 12 students will study the beginning of the Tudor dynasty under Henry VII following the Battle of Bosworth before moving onto the reign of Henry VIII and the break with Rome. In Year 13 students will cover the fascinating reigns of the three children of Henry VIII; Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I. 

Unit 2S: The Cold War, c1945-1991.
This unit is an in depth study of the Cold War. In year 12 students will study the Cold War from 1945-62 including the focal points of Berlin and Cuba. In year 13 students will investigate the later Cold War, beginning with the Vietnam War and finishing with the roles of Reagan and Gorbachev in ending the tension between the USA and the USSR.

Unit 3: Russia, 1881-1991.
This coursework unit covers a period of 110 years from the reigns of the last two Tsars, Alexander III and Nicholas II, to the fall of Communism in 1991. Particular attention is given to the implementation of Communism under Lenin and the totalitarian state created by Stalin.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A* - C GCSE grades including Maths and English. Grade B in History and a Grade C in English Language.


Unit 1: Exam (2.5 hours), 40%. A mix of intepretation and essay questions.

Unit 2: Exam (2.5 hours), 40%. A mix of source and essay questions.

Unit 3: Coursework 3000-3500 words (20%). The focus of this unit is on the concepts of continuity and change, with student choice on the actual question answered.

Future opportunities

As well as the careers directly related to the subject such as those in education or museums and heritage, History is also suitable for a wide range of professions due to the high level of literacy required, as well as the ability to make a sustained and supported argument. Indeed History is the single most popular choice of degree amongst board members of FTSE 100 listed companies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Springwood High School directly.

Last updated date: 19 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years