History

Why should I study this subject?
The history course at New College Pontefract offers students the chance to investigate two of the modern eras most fascinating and controversial topics, the formation of the British Empire and the Russian Revolutions of 1917.

An understanding of these topics is fundamental in understanding the current climate both in Britain currently and around the globe. The study
of History at A-Level encourages debate and interpretation and students are encouraged to put forward their views based on their studies. The skills that are developed over the two year course focus heavily on analysis and interpretation, and by the end of the course our students will be well versed in producing extended pieces of critical writing. These skills are extremely transferable and History students are often well prepared for the demands of the modern workplace and higher education.

What will I study?
Paper 1 – The British Empire, c1857–1967

This unit will assess the following themes and questions about the British Empire:
• Why did the British Empire grow and contract?
• What influenced imperial policy?

Paper 2 – 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 – Tudor Rebellions.

This piece of coursework requires the students to investigate the Tudor century and assess the causes of the numerous rebellions against the five Tudor monarchs.

What are the entry requirements?

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