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HISTORY - AS/A2 Level (OCR) at The Crypt School

Course description

Both AS & A2 History are one year courses and are offered as part of a full time study programme

Course content

AS Level:

Unit 1 Anglo‐Saxon England and the Norman Conquest 1035 ‐ 1087 – including a study of the Battle of Hastings.

Unit 2 German Dictatorships 1933-1963- including a study of Nazi Germany.

A2 Level:

Unit 3 The Cold War 1941 – 1956 – including a study of events such as the Berlin Airlift and the Korean War

Unit 4 Russia and its rulers 1855‐1963 – including a study of the rule of Lenin and Stalin

Students also complete a piece of independent research and writing which is linked to their Cold War studies. This can be about the Cold War or a related area of study (an event or person of importance from history) of particular interest can be chosen.

Entry requirements

As well as the standard Crypt Sixth form entry requirements, students wishing to take 'A' Level History must first enrol on the AS. The normal entry qualification will be a Grade B or above at GCSE but the department is willing to consider applications from students who have not taken GCSE History.

Those students wishing to proceed with the A2 course will need to have passed AS and to have demonstrated a certain level of competency and aptitude in study skills. All students taking History will receive advice and support from the department in the form of "academic mentoring" through which we will help you to maximise your potential in the subject.




Unit 1: European study-German Dictatorships 1933-1963 1.5 hours/2 source-based questions 50% of AS

Unit 2: English History - Anglo‐Saxon England and the Norman Conquest 1035 ‐ 1087 1.5 hours /2 essay questions 50% of AS


Unit 3: Historical interpretations and Investigations - The Cold War 1941 – 1956 Completion of 2 coursework essays of 2000 words ‐one can be an investigation of student’s own choice) 20% of A level

Unit 4: Themes in history – Russia and its Rulers 1855-1964 2hours/2 questions 30% of A level

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Future opportunities

History is highly regarded as a route into higher education and although many of you may not wish to become professional historians, history can be a valuable preparation for a range of subjects such as law, psychology, management, communications, sociology and archaeology. It is also a subject that has a high credibility with many employers.

Further information

'A' Level History students must have a genuine interest in the subject, together with commitment to wide background reading and a willingness to develop a clear yet analytical written style. In addition, it helps lively classroom debate if students are prepared to form ideas and opinions of their own on the subjects they are studying.

The department has its own ICT and video facilities and appropriate use is made of these throughout the course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Both AS & A Level are 1 year courses