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History A Level at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College

Course description

History is fascinating, enthralling and captivating because students will gain the chance to investigate key issues, events and individuals in Britain, Europe and the wider world. Throughout the course, students will develop how to communicate effectively through discussion, debate and essay writing. Therefore, by studying History, students will gain a range of analytical skills. These skills are highly sought after by employers in many fields and they are of value as a foundation for any further academic study.

Course content

Component 1: Breadth study— The Tudors: England, 1485- 1603 A breadth study exploring the development of England during the Tudor Period. Investigating how the Tudors effectively restored the monarchy, relationships with foreign powers, new intellectual and religious ideas and the role of key individuals and developments during the years 1485-1603.

Component 2: Depth study—Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia and the Soviet Union 1917– 1953. During this Unit pupils will examine concepts such as Marxism, Leninism and Stalinism as well as Ideological control and dictatorships. Pupils will study the Russian Revolution, the rise of Stalin and Russia under Stalin's rule. Assessing the inter-relationships between governmental, economic and social change in Communist Russia.

Component 3: Historical investigation (Personal study): A personal study based on a topic of student's choice. This course will cover 100 years and gives students the opportunity to study the major events and individuals that influenced the AfricanAmerican Civil Rights Movement.

Entry requirements

A successful History student is someone who is willing to meet the challenges of the academic rigour of the subject; who has an enquiring mind and is able to be analytical about the past. Successful History students will appreciate the value of homework and meet deadlines, will attend regularly and be able to work and revise independently. They will have the self-awareness to recognise their areas of strength and weakness and the motivation to act on them accordingly.


A level - unit 1
· written exam: 2 hour 30 minutes
· Three questions (one compulsory)
· 80 marks
· 40% of A level

A level - unit 2
· written exam: 2 hour 30 minutes
· Three questions (one compulsory)
· 80 marks
· 40% of A Level

A level - unit 3 · 3000–3500 words · 40 marks · 20% of A-level

Future opportunities

Careers in: Law, Teaching and education, Accountancy, Management, Journalism/Broadcasting, Politics, Archaeology, Economist, Publishing, TV Researcher, Museums and Heritage, Fine Art, Architecture, Media, Civil Service/Diplomacy, Police Force, Costume Design or Antiques.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 09 March 2017
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