Course Duration: 2 years Course Level: A Level
History b -

Why study History?

  • It will give me an insight into the incredible variety of ways in which people have lived in the past
  • It can teach me how to argue convincingly and how to spot the weaknesses in other people’s arguments
  • I have an interest in the past and a willingness to find out more
  • I will learn how to carry out research and extract information from a variety of primary and secondary sources
  • It will help me to understand how the modern world has been shaped by the past.

What does the course consist of?

There are three components: two examined topics and a coursework topic.

  • The Tudors: England 1485-1603 (examined): An opportunity to study a crucial period of change in England’s history; the reigns of Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I; explore change and continuity in government, religion and ideas, society and economy, foreign relationships and royal authority
  • America – A Nation Divided 1845-1877 (examined): Involves studying a period of history in depth; investigate the origins of the American Civil War, the course of the war itself, and its aftermath; incorporates issues such as slavery and abolitionism and civil rights
  • Russia 1855-1964 (coursework): Carry out supported independent research in order to write an extended essay answering a question about this period of Russian history; study the Russia of the later tsars, the Russian Revolution, Stalin’s Russia, and the Khrushchev years.

How is this course assessed?

  • By examination and through one piece of coursework
  • Each examined component is worth 40% of the final A Level, whilst the coursework is worth 20%.

What might this course lead on to?

  • A Level History is a well-regarded qualification which provides a sound foundation not only for the further study of History but also for many other university degrees (Politics or Law, for instance). It is particularly useful as a preparation for careers which require you to think critically, such as Law, Management or Journalism.
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