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History A-Level at Coppice Performing Arts School

Course description

History may be about the past, but it is a key subject which helps us to understand and form opinions about the rapidly changing world in which we live today. The A Level course involves studying important historical developments including why countries go to war, revolutions and religious and political struggles. There is a clear emphasis on developing analytical skills and interpreting historical issues in a variety of ways. You will receive lots of support but must be prepared to work hard and read widely!

Course details:

Unit 1. England 1485-1558 – the Early Tudors

  • Henry VII – his government, threats to his rule and foreign policy
  • Henry VIII – Thomas Wolsey, his reign after 1529
  • Edward VI and Mary I – stability of the monarchy, religious change and rebellion and unrest

Unit 2. Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919-1963

  • The Weimar Republic 1919-1933
  • The Nazi Dictatorship and it`s domestic policies 1933-39
  • The impact of war and defeat on Germany 1939-49
  • Divided Germany: West Germany and East Germany 1949-63

Unit 3. Russia and it`s Rulers 1855-1964

  • The nature of government
  • The impact of dictatorial regimes on the economy and society of the Russian Empire and the USSR
  • Impact of war and revolution on the development of the Russian Empire and the USSR
  • Russia: Empire, nationalities and satellite states
  • Alexander II’s domestic reforms
  • The Provisional Government
  • Khrushchev in power 1956–1964

Unit 4. Coursework

  • This is an independently researched essay of 3,000-4,000 words
  • The essay title is chosen by the student

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for Level 3 study is 5 GCSEs A*-C including English and Mathematics; these should be in at least 4 different subjects. You will receive guidance about which pathway will be most suited to your needs which will be based on your anticipated GCSE Point Score. If you have a higher Point Score you will be encouraged to take a more academic route and if your Point Score is lower you may wish to choose a more vocational pathway. However, these options will be discussed in your admission interview. 

Specific entry requirements:

5 GCSE’s at grades A*-B. A GCSE in History is preferable but not essential.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coppice Performing Arts School directly.

Last updated date: 09 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years


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