History

Subject Intent: Why History?

Our History curriculum intends to help students understand the significance of historical events, the role of individuals in history and the nature of change over time. History A-Level will help students gain a deeper understanding of the past through political, social, economic and cultural perspectives. These skills are vital for young people as they start to develop a wider awareness of the political world around them.

Why should I study this subject?

History is a fascinating and exciting subject, not only because it encourages the discovery of secrets from the past, but also because it helps us to understand the world around us today. A-Level History offers both a broad and in depth study of the past, incorporating a spectrum of employability skills such as critical and reflective thinking, communication, analysis and research. The course will allow students to delve more deeply into a wide range of events over a time frame of more than 200 years.

What will I study?

The Tudors, 1485–1603
This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:

• How effectively did the Tudors restore and develop the powers of the monarchy?
• How did relations with foreign powers change and how was the succession secured?
• How did English society and economy change and with what effects?
• How far did intellectual and religious ideas change and develop and with what effects?
• How important was the role of key individuals and groups?

Revolution and dictatorship:
Russia, 1917– 1953
This option provides for the study in depth of the coming and practice of communism in Russia. It explores concepts such as:

• Marxism
• Communism
• Leninism and Stalinism
• Ideological control and dictatorship

The NEA – The Wars of the Roses and its origins – find out the real history that inspired Game of Thrones. This coursework requires students to investigate the nature of kingship in the 14th and 15th centuries.

What are the entry requirements?

Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.