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History - A Level at Heckmondwike Grammar School

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Course content

Course Content

Year 12

Paper 1: Britain, 1625-1701: Conflict, Revolution and Settlement

The quest for political stability

Religion, conflict and dissent

Social and intellectual change, Economy, trade and empire

Paper 2: Russia in Revolution 1894-1924:

The rule of Nicholas II 1894-1905

The end of Romanov rule 1906-1917

The Provisional Government and its opponents February – October 1917

Defending the Bolshevik revolution October 1917-1924


A historical enquiry based on interpretations: Historians have disagreed about the causes of the Russian Revolution (1917).

What is your view about the cause of the Russian Revolution?

Year 13

Political Idea and Concepts

Paper 3: Civil Rights and race relations in the USA 1850-2009

Key Themes:
The changing geography of civil rights issues
The changing portrayal of civil rights issues in film and fiction

Aspects in depth:
‘Free at last’ 1865-1877
The triumph of ‘Jim Crow’ 1883-c1900
The New Deal and race relations 1933-
‘I have a dream’ 1954-1968
Obama’s campaign for the Presidency,

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements for admission to the Sixth Form:

A grade 5 in Mathematics, with a 6 preferred.
A grade 5 in English Language or English Literature, with a 6 preferred.
Achieving at least 3 other GCSEs at grade 6 or above.

Subject specific requirement:

  • Grade 6 in History.




Paper 1: 2h 15mins written exam on Breadth study and Interpretations

30% of total A level

Paper 2: 1h 30 mins written exam on Depth Study

20% of total A level


A historical enquiry based on interpretations

20% of total A level

Paper 3: 2h 15mins written exam

Aspects in Depth and Breadth

30% of total A level


Future opportunities

Career Opportunities

A qualification in History doesn't limit you to a career using History although there are many of these.

Other opportunities include: Law; Journalism; Broadcasting; Civil Service; Teaching; Publishing; Personnel work; Banking; Management; Social Work; Insurance; Accountancy.

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Special Features

The skills developed in History are transferable, highly valued by employers and make you a good prospect: Flexibility; Asking questions; Making Judgements ; Understanding people; Reference skills; Problem solving; Report writing skills - analysing, selecting, organising and communicating clearly. Critical analysis - of events, people, documents. 

How to apply

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Last updated date: 08 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 52 Weeks

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