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History A Level at Prince Henry's Grammar School, Otley

Course description

History is a thriving and very popular A Level choice and builds on what is a very successful and enjoyable GCSE course. History A Level encourages students to think critically about the key questions: Where are we now? Where have we come from? It develops the skills of analysis, evaluation and extended writing. It is a highly valued subject and grows in popularity with employers and universities alike.

Course content

The A Level course comprises 4 units:

Unit 1 – Britain 1930-1997 and Enquiry Topic: Churchill 1930-1951 (25%)

This study of British history allows students to investigate one of Britain’s greatest leaders and charismatic personalities: Winston Churchill. The main areas of study are: Churchill’s views on events from 1929-1934, Churchill as wartime Prime Minister and international diplomacy 1939-1951. Explore British history before, during and after one of its most bleak and terrifying periods: World War II.

Unit 2 – The French Revolution and the Rule of Napoleon 1774-1815 (15%)

This unit explores how France evolved to become the unified country we know today. Starting with an analysis of how the American Civil War, Enlightenment and economic and political unrest sparked a new atmosphere in France, students will move through turbulent and nationalistic history to try to interpret how a new Republic came to be established.




Unit 3 – Russia and its Rulers 1855-1964 (40%)

Students will study over 100 years of Russian history thematically, considering how important warfare, leadership, revolution and other themes were throughout the period. Investigating famous leaders like Nicholas II and Joseph Stalin, this unit offers students the chance to get to grips with a complex and ever-changing society.

Unit 4 – Non-exam assessment (20%)

Building on the skills developed over the course of the A Level, this unit allows students to demonstrate their ability to write on a topic of interest. They will be expected to produce an essay of between 3000-4000 words in length. Students will need to be able to analyse primary and secondary source material to produce an evaluative response to a stimulating historical question.

Entry requirements

Students should preferably have achieved at least a grade 5 at GCSE History in order to be able to meet the demands of the A Level course. Students who have not taken History GCSE should not be put off by the A Level, but a grade 5 in GCSE English would be required in these cases.

Future opportunities

History allows students to develop their ability to critically analyse information, think logically and evidence decisions. For this reason, it is a good subject to take if you are considering entering the legal profession, the business world or the civil service, and many undergraduate historians even go on to become accountants.

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: 15 October 2018
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