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A Level History, Padworth College, UK

Publish Date: Mar 16, 2016

A Level History

Examination Board: AQA

History A Level is a much respected and highly interesting subject and is commonly taken by students seeking to study law, journalism or the humanities at university. History combines well with geography and other humanities A Levels; A Level history students frequently also study English at A Level. Students must be prepared to undertake significant reading and be willing, and able, to write at some length.


This is a two year course, and is designed primarily to lead to an A Level qualification with study and teaching undertaken and delivered in a linear format over two academic years.


There will be two examinations each lasting two hours thirty minutes, worth 80 marks apiece. In addition students will submit a 3,500 word personal research paper worth 40 marks.

The topics and the key ideas covered for the two examination papers are:

The Making of Modern Britain, 1951–2007

We will study in depth the key political, economic, social and international changes which helped to mould Britain in the second half of the 20th century. We will explore concepts such as government and opposition, class, social division and cultural change. This course encourages students to reflect on Britain’s changing place in the world as well as the interrelationship between political policies, economic developments and political survival.

Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855–1964

Students will study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:

How was Russia governed and how did political authority change and develop?

Why did opposition develop and how effective was it?

How and with what results did the economy develop and change?

What was the extent of social and cultural change?

How important were ideas and ideology?

How important was the role of individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?

There is also the personal study which must be started a full 12 months before the final examinations are taken. This will be an analysis of 100 hundred years of history on a topic negotiated between the teacher and the student; the work will be questioning, will examine an issue of controversy between historians, and will involve the scrutiny and deployment of primary evidence. The personal study will be rigorous with a full bibliography and written in the appropriate academic style.

Entry Requirements

A grade C or above in GCSE English, ideally students will have achieved a grade C in history at GCSE but well-motivated and capable students who have not studied history at GCSE will be able to succeed on this course.

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United Kingdom