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History OCR A Level at Kingdown School

Course description

Students are required to have an ability to analyse historical sources and to provide an evaluation of the evidence they investigate. Effective communication skills in essay writing, debating and discussion are essential. The course includes a contribution to the final grade through coursework.

Course content

AS Level:

Unit 1: British Period Study and Enquiry

  • The early Stuarts and the Origins of the English Civil War 1603-1660.
  • This unit explores the origins of the civil war in England and includes an enquiry into the Execution of Charles I.

Unit 2: Russia 1894-1941

  • This unit covers the Tsarist system, the rise of Communism and the leadership of Lenin and Stalin.

A Level:

Unit 1 and 2 (see above)

Unit 3: The Middle East 1908-2011.

  • This module brings the course up to date by exploring the origins of conflict in the Middle East and interpretations of these events.

Unit 4: Continuity and Change in Anglo-Saxon England, AD300 – 790.

  • Why and how did Roman rule come to an end in the early 5th century?
  • What were the Anglo-Saxon ‘invasions’ and how far did these events change Britain?
  • What was life like in England in the 5th – 8 th centuries; what changed and why?
  • What is a ‘king’ and a ‘kingdom’?
  • What led to the rise of the early Anglo-Saxon kingdoms?
  • How did the conversion to Christianity change England? Why was no kingdom able to permanently dominate the other kingdoms?
  • This involves exploring the evidence of archaeology and the earliest written sources of evidence.

Entry requirements

GCSE English grade (9-5) and Maths (9-4) plus 3 GCSEs at grades A*-C with an A* - B grade in History if you have studied it at key stage 4.

If History has not been studied at key stage 4 GCSE English grade (9-6) and Maths (9-4) plus 3 GCSEs at grades A*-C


Unit 1 exam

  • 1 hour 30 mins
  • 25% of A Level

Unit 2 exam

  • 1 hour
  • 15% of A Level

Unit 3 exam

  • 2 hour 30 mins
  • 40% of A Level


  • 25% of A Level

Future opportunities

History is valued as an academic subject, particularly the ability to develop analytical and research skills and the ability to evaluate source information.

History is a ‘good’ subject for Law and Media and Business, Personnel Work and a wide range of Management occupations.

History is a good solid academic subject that will prepare students well for the top universities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 December 2016
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