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History A Level at Lawnswood School

Course description

GCE History appeals to students with a genuine interest in the past, and understanding its role in making the world in which we live today. The focus of our course is revolution, looking at ‘Worlds Turned Upside Down’ in both Russia and Britain. Students will find themselves evaluating and analysing sources, presenting their interpretations in essay form, making presentations, enjoying simulations and engaging in historical debates.  The course will also allow you to develop a greater interest in the past and develop your knowledge and comprehension of previous events and people. All in all, GCE History is a winner!


Course content

AQA History

Component 1 - Breadth Study –Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855-1964

This unit focuses on the changes in Russian politics, culture, economy and society from the reign of Alexander II through to Nikita Khrushchev’s removal from office in 1964.  In that period, Russia advanced from being an economically backwards nation reliant on peasant farming, to becoming one of the world’s two superpowers during the Cold War.  However, this was at great cost, as Russia experienced three revolutions and two world wars that unleashed profound change at a cost of millions of ordinary Russian lives. 


Component 2 - Development Study – The English Revolution, 1625-1660

This option provides for the study in depth of the challenges faced by those in authority in the years before, during and after the English Civil War. It explores concepts such as Divine Right; arbitrary government, Arminianism, and political and religious radicalism. It also encourages an in-depth understanding of how government works, arbitrary government and consensus, authority and opposition and issues of settlement.

Component 3 - Coursework (NEA)

You will also complete a Historical Enquiry: a coursework module where you will be expected to write approximately 3500 words on an analysis of a historical issue of your own choice that is different from the other modules studied. This gives you the chance to study a key topic that interests you and engage in full historical research.

Entry requirements

5+ GCSE english Language. There is no requirement to have studied History at GCSE but, if you have, a 4/5 grade is needed.


History GCE is assessed through 3 written papers and 1 piece of coursework (internally marked but externally moderated) set in Year 13. 

Financial information

Students are expected to provide their own stationary etc.

Future opportunities

History is regarded as a key A-level and seriously academic subject – it is regarded as a ‘facilitating subject’ by Russell Group universities and the government. It will open up a wide range of degree courses and careers. It is about interpretation and developing your own point of view and combines well with any subject, whether humanities or science-based. A History degree and the skills it brings are invaluable for careers in Law, the Civil Service, Sales, Marketing, Journalism, Public Relations, IT and many others. Universities and employers value the skills set that historians develop rather than the content, and History is a highly valued A Level because of this. A-Level History students from Lawnswood have gone on to study at Oxbridge and other universities. The department is a successful one with experienced A-Level teachers working hard to develop this interesting specification.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 October 2017
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