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History - A Level (Ocr) at The Cotswold Academy

Course description

About the syllabus:

A Level History aims to broaden your knowledge of the past whilst developing your key skills of analysis, research, debate, communication and evaluation. It is a very well regarded academic subject which is respected by top universities and employers. History helps to broaden the mind, develop intelligence and further your understanding not only of the past but also the present day.

We study a range of fascinating new topics that give you the chance to learn independently and develop as an historian. The course offers topic areas based around the themes of war, revolution and dictatorships. From the political and social drama of the French revolution to the intrigue of 18th and 19th century Britain’s years of strife and turmoil, AS History has a wealth of exciting journeys.

In Year 13 the trends, patterns, changes and continuities of Russia’s fascinating world before and after the revolution of 1917 are explored. We compare and contrast the Tsarist and Communist periods, looking at how leaders ruled, society developed and revolution and war impacted on the country.

Alongside this, you will study some big historical debates surrounding Nazi Germany and set forth on your own, entirely independent choice of study for coursework. This is an unrivalled opportunity to take your own passions and interests forward, studying any area of history that you like.

Expect lessons of lively debate and argument, contentious issues, hard thinking and serious academic study.

Course content

AS units in Year 12

Unit 1 F961 Revolutionary Britain 1783-1846 (from Pitt to Peel)

Exam 1hr 30mins 50% of AS Level 25% of A Level

Unit 2 F964 The Origins and Course of the French Revolution, 1787-1795

Exam  1hr 30mins 50% of AS Level 25% of A Level

A2 units in Year 13

Unit 3 F966/B Russian Rulers, 1850-1964

Exam  2 hours 30% of A Level

Unit 4 F655 Historical Interpretations and Investigations

Exam 20% of A Level

Entry requirements

A*-B grade at GCSE History. Students who demonstrate a real interest in studying History without a GCSE may be considered as long as they have achieved at least a B grade at GCSE English Literature or Language.

Entry criteria for A2 is at least a D at the requisite AS Level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Cotswold Academy directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


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