History AS & A Level at Beauchamps High School
Unit 1: The Late Tudors 1547-1603 25%
This exam focuses on the reigns of Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I, considering both domestic and foreign issues and specific areas such as war, religion and marriage. You will sit an exam lasting 1 hour 30 minutes, answering a source based question and an essay question.
Unit 2: Russia 1894-1941 15%
This exam focuses on the downfall of the Tsarist regime and the development of the communist state in Russia, including the rules of both Lenin and Stalin. It will focus on the revolutions which saw the end of the Romanov dynasty, and the policies which secured the beginnings of the USSR. You will sit an exam lasting 1 hour with two essay questions.
Unit 3: Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992 40%
This exam focuses on the struggle of citizens in the United States to gain equality, including African Americans, Women and Native Americans. It will include the study of issues such as the New Deal, Industrialisation and key leaders like Malcolm X. You will sit an exam lasting 2 hours 30 minutes, answering an interpretation based question and two essay questions.
Unit 4: Extended Essay 20%
In this unit you will have the opportunity to study a topic of your choice. You will be asked to choose an essay question which focuses on an area of historical debate, and produce a 3000-4000 word essay. You will be expected to complete extensive independent research. You can choose to focus your question on a topic related to the other units studied at A Level.
You will be expected to achieve a Grade B or above in GCSE History and submit one from a choice of 4 essays as part of your application.
You will study the following units from the OCR syllabus. Please be aware that this is subject to change as the exam board specification is not finalised.
You should be prepared to undertake a significant amount of reading and private study as part of the History course, as well as completing essays and other homeworks. We usually run a trip in Year 13 – in the past we have
History opens up the opportunity to study many subjects at University including History, Politics and International Business Relations. It is well respected in business as an academic qualification which encourages analysis and independent research, and can lead to careers in Teaching, Law, Journalism, Government, Business and the Heritage Industry.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beauchamps High School directly.