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History A level at St Peter's RC High School & Sixth Form Centre

Course description

A-Level History is a dynamic, challenging and rewarding subject which enjoys high status as a facilitating subject for a number of university degree courses and careers.

By selecting A-level History at St. Peter’s you will be joining an outstanding department with an unparalleled record of delivering brilliant results, which at the same time fosters a passion for the subject and a thirst for knowledge.

Course content

Unit 1- Anglo-Saxon England the Norman Conquest 1035- 1107:

You will take a broad look at one of the most tumultuous and militaristic periods of English history.

From the instability after the death of the Danish Cnut in 1035 and the rise of the Godwin family to the Conquest by the Normans at Hastings in 1066, through the consolidation of power, ‘Harrying of the North’ and the Conqueror’s death, leading to the violent and bitter struggle for power between his three sons which followed.

Faith, power, blood and war: this is the tale of the Conqueror.

Unit 2 – The Cold War in Europe 1941-1995:

You will take a detailed look at one of the most controversial and highly debated events in human history, from the seeds of conflict during WW2 – where allies become determined adversaries – through the defining events and individuals that characterised the Cold War, including Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, the Iron Curtain, NATO, the development of Nuclear Weapons, The Berlin Wall and the Space Race.

Take a tour of an era that changed the world as we know it – forever.

Unit 3 – Russia and its Rulers 1855-1964:

You will build on your skills and knowledge from Units 1 and 2 as you explore the lives of the powerful in Imperial and Communist Russia.

You will begin with the reforms of the ‘Tsar Liberator’, the violence and executions of Alexander III and the collapse of Tsarism under the final Romanov emperor – Nicholas II. Continue with the Communists – Vladimir Lenin’s Marxists idyll, the dictatorship and murders of the Stalin era, through to the Khrushchev years, as Russia became a superpower in earnest.

Russia will entice, enthral and disgust but she will never disappoint.

Unit 4 - coursework essay:

You will embark on an independent piece of work rooted in one of your 3 units above. Select from a choice of questions and, using a mixture of primary & secondary evidence, make your own contribution to the historiography of an issue from the past.

Entry requirements

The general requirement to enter St Peter's Sixth Form to study 3 A levels, is 5 GCSEs at grade C / level 4 or above including English and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be taken into account.

Required for this course:

A grade B in GCSE History is preferable.

Students without GCSE History should speak to department staff personally for advice.


The History course is a terminal one, with three units studied over two years but all examinations taken in the summer of Year 13.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Peter's RC High School & Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 04 January 2017
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