History is an intellectually demanding subject that develops students’ knowledge and understanding of the past.

History is not about mindless memorisation of dates, events, kings and queens, but about understanding the behaviour and workings of people and societies and thus, ultimately, ourselves.

History helps us to discover how the society we live in came to be as it is: only through history can we understand how and why societies have changed, only through history can we identify continuities with the past.

Unit Description Era
1 Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy 1603 – 1702

Course Focus: This unit allows students to study in breadth, issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this dramatic period of British history. It covers key events such as the English Civil War, the experiments of republicanism in the Interregnum and the social upheaval of the Restoration. We will investigate these significant developments in our nations’ history through the following key questions:

  •         How far did the monarchy change?
  •         To what extent and why was power more widely shared during this period?
  •         Why and with what results were there disputes over religion?
  •         How effective was opposition?
  •         How important were ideas and ideology?
  •         How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?

Part one – Year 12: Absolutism Challenged: Britain, 1603 – 1649

Part two – Year 13: Monarchy restored and restrained: Britain, 1649 – 1702

Unit Description Era
2 The Cold War c1945 – 1991

Course Focus: This unit provides the study in depth of the evolving course of international relations during an era of tension between communist and capitalist powers which threatened nuclear Armageddon.  It explores concepts such as communism and anti-communism, aggression and détente and also encourages students to reflect on the power of modern weapons.

Part one – Year 12: The Brink of Nuclear War: International Relations, c1945 – 1963

Part two – Year 13: From Détente to the end of the Cold War, c1963 – 1991

Unit Description Era
3 Non Examined Assessment – the Fall of Tsarism in Russia 1825-1917

This is an independent historical investigation.  The students will be guided to explore reasons for the collapse of Tsarism in Russia in 1917, by looking at both short and long term factors from the preceding 100 years.

Course requirements

GCSE grade 4 and above in English, Maths and History.

What type of student is this course suitable for?

If your mind is curious, analytical and you want to challenge your thinking then this is the course for you. It is ideal for students who are independent, able to debate and who can organise and communicate their ideas effectively when writing. If you want to gain a qualification which compliments both a scientific and humanities route and one which every university highly values from their students, then this is the course for you.

Where could this course take you?

Studying history at A Level will give you a deeper understanding of the past through social, political, economic and cultural perspectives. The skills you will develop are transferable to any degree pathway and will support a wide range of career choices.


Contact Mr Howes directly for more information on this course.

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