A Level
Where do I start from?
requirements, you will need a minimum
grade B in History if you have studied it at
GCSE and a minimum grade B in GCSE
English. Not all of the students that have
successfully studied the subject at AS/A2
Levels have had previous experience of
History at GCSE.
The course is open to anyone who has an
interest in History, a curiosity about the
past and the standard Sixth Form entry
requirement. However, a good standard of
literacy will be expected.
What will I study?
In Year 12 you will study the theme of
“Russia 1917-1991: From Lenin to Yeltsin”,
and “Mao’s China 1949-1976”.
In Year 13 there are also two units; one on
“Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors
1485-1603” and a coursework unit focusing
on interpretations of Mao Zedong.
We have chosen these topics to provide a
wide range of historical understanding from
very different periods of time. They provide
a Britain and European focus but also an
understanding of the emerging giant of the
twenty-first century, China. We hope you
will find these courses both rewarding and
will stimulate a passion for History
throughout the rest of your life.
Sixth Form
How will I be assessed?
As well as termly tests and internal
examinations you will sit three externally
set examinations at the end of the course in
Year 13.
The coursework unit will be
internally marked and moderated externally.
The examination board we use is Edexcel.
The Year 12 specification is 8HI0 Options
1E and 2E1. In Year 13 the specification is
9HI0 Options 31 and the Coursework
The Historical Enquiry or
Coursework comprises of one essay of
between 3,000 and 4,000 words.
How will I study?
Methods of teaching and learning will vary
during the course.
Role-play, class
discussions, student presentations, note
making and self-supported study all play a
major part in the learning process.
Individual research is vital to the course and
we have access to the Library material plus
Whiteboards which are all invaluable
What does the subject combine well
The subject combines really well with Art,
Politics, English, Economics, Sociology and
Law but students studying Mathematics or
Business Studies choose the subject quite
regularly. For further career information,
pick up a leaflet on our stand. You will be