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History A Level at Harris Academy Battersea

Course description

The A level course consists of two examined units: Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1964 and The Making of Modern Britain 1951-2007. The A level course also requires students to complete a coursework unit. The coursework focuses on a student’s area of interest, where the student creates and answers a question on a
historical controversy.

Enrichment opportunities include, conferences with lectures and workshops, tutorials and drop-in sessions.

Students often study History A-level alongside English, Geography, Psychology and Religious Studies.

Course content

The Tsarist and Communist Russia course allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:

  • How was Russia governed and how did political authority change and develop?
  • Why did opposition develop and how effective was it?
  • How and with what results did the economy develop and change?

Within the Making of Modern Britain Course students study in depth, the key political, economic, social and international changes which helped to mould Britain in the second half of the 20th century. It explores concepts such as government and opposition, class, social division. It encourages students to reflect on Britain’s changing place in the world.

In unit three students will complete an essay in an area of their choosing. This will surround a historical controversy. Examples might include:

  • Why did a Witch Craze grip Europe in the sixteenth century?


  • To what extent did the Glorious Revolution settle disputes between Crown and Parliament?

Entry requirements

Students must have a B grade in English Language/Literature and preferably a grade B at History GCSE.


Examination Board: AQA

There are two external examinations and one coursework unit.

Future opportunities

You can progress to higher education courses such as honours degrees in History, or to degrees in related subjects such as English Literature, Economics or Geography. History is a highly rated degree by universities.

Further information

What our students say:

“History is truly a one of a kind subject. No other subject gives you the freedom to explore your interests and passions. The skills I have acquired in this course are invaluable and will enable me to succeed in my history degree next year.”

Kwabena Gyamfi (Year 13)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Academy Battersea directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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