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History A Level (Pearson) at Hampton Sixth Form

Course description

We believe that the following units complement GCSE History.  Many students have studied Weimar and Nazi Germany. Units 1 and 2 allow you to study other dictatorships in Europe, albeit Communist. Units 3 and 4 allow you to develop your ability to work as a historian through engaging with sources and interpretations.


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


  • Communist government of 1917-45; How did the Communist Party come to power and how did it keep that power?
  • Industrial and agricultural change; War Communism, New Economic Policy, how did Stalin try to catch up with the western world through his Five Year Plans? You will examine reasons for stagnation in the USSR’s economy after 1964.
  • Control of the people; media propaganda and religion, cult of personality of Stalin, Khrushchev and Brezhnev, the secret police and the monitoring of dissidents and how the state managed and reacted to social change.
  • Social developments 1917-85; social security, employment, housing and social benefits and the promotion of a stable society. Attitudes and how they changed, towards women, children and the family unit.
  • What explains the fall of the USSR, c1985-91?


Unit 2: Mao’s China


In this part of the course you will look at the impact Mao had on China during his time in power. You will study his rise to power, his economic policies such as the Great Leap Forward and his role in the Great Famine. You will also look at how Chinese society was affected by his policies considering the Cultural Revolution, how his policies impacted on women and children as well as religious groups.


Unit 3: Britain: losing and gaining an empire, 1763-1914


Students consider two breadth studies, the role of British trade and the British Royal Navy in Britain’s rise to power on the global stage. We also study the loss of the American colonies, the birth of British Australia and Britain’s changing relationships with Canada, India and the Nile Valley.

This exam combines source skills and essay questions and allows students to appreciate how Britain’s role in the world changed over the period studied.


Unit 4: Coursework


This element of the course will let you engage with the work of historians regarding the development of the Cold War. The final piece is 3000-4000 words and allows students to engage with rigorous historical arguments. Whilst some support can be given by your teacher this is a true opportunity to demonstrate your skills as an historian.

Entry requirements

You do not need to have studied a related KS4 subject to choose this subject but it is expected that you have achieved a grade 5 if you have studied it at GCSE.


Unit 1 is a written exam, 2 hours and 15 minutes (30% A Level)

Unit 2 is a written exam, 1 hour and 30 minutes (20% of A Level)

Unit 3 has a written exam lasting 2 hours taken in Year 13 (30% of A Level)

Unit 4 is coursework with a length of 3000-4000 words (20% of A Level)

Future opportunities

History is a useful subject for anybody wishing to prove they can construct their own arguments, understand other people’s attitudes and actions, analyse information and communicate their ideas in an effective and persuasive manner.  Students often go on to university to study History at a higher level, or related subjects such as Law, Journalism, Politics, War Studies, International Relations, Philosophy, Archaeology, Business Studies, Museum Management, Diplomatic Service and Library/Archives Management. It is a subject highly valued by universities and employers alike.

Further information

History links particularly well with English, Media Studies, Modern Foreign Languages, Science, Business Studies, Psychology, Geography, Music and RE; however, it relates well to many other subjects.

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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: 28 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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