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Course Information

History 2020/2022


A Level History lends itself to detailed discussion and the sharing of ideas and interpretations. It builds on key skills of logic and reasoning as well as studying the views of different Historians. Unit 1 focuses on the Early Stuarts and the Origins of the Civil War 1603-1660 and includes a source enquiry study on the execution of Charles I and the Interregnum 1646-1660. Unit 2 examines the impact of WW1 on Germany, the rise of Hitler, Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, the impact of WW2 and the defeat of Germany and the Federal Republic and the GDR 1949–1963. Unit 3 focuses on the struggle of citizens in the United States to gain equality before the law, through the study of African Americans, Trade Unions and Labour Rights, Women and Native Americans. This includes a depth study on the ‘Gilded Age’, the New Deal and Malcolm X. In Unit 4 students will produce an in-depth study of between 3000-4000 words about a historical controversy of their choice: developing planning, organisational and research skills in extended writing.

Qualification Details

Exam Board: OCR
Qualification Title: History A Level
Qualification Specification Code: H505
Qualification Webpage: Click here to visit the OCR webpage for the specification.

Entry Requirements

Standard Sixth Form entry requirements

What will I study in this qualification?

The summary of components is as follows:
• Unit 1: Early Stuarts and Origins of the Civil War 1603 – 1660 25%
• Unit 2: Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919–1963 15%
• Unit 3: A Thematic Study on the USA 1865 - 1992 40%
• Unit 4: Topic Based Essay about a Historical Controversy of your choice 20%

Possible Career Paths

History lends itself to a variety of degree courses including Law, International Relations, Politics, Economics Journalism, Business and Finance and of course History. History is also a popular choice for joint honours degrees with subjects such as: English Literature, International Relations, Languages, Politics, Economics and American Studies. History supports careers and Higher Education courses in Legal professions, Journalism, Diplomacy, Social Work, Teaching, Heritage Organisations and the Security Services. Our aim is to create independent learners, critical thinkers and decision-makers – all personal assets that can make them stand out as they progress to higher education and/or the workplace

Who should I speak to if I need further information?

Mrs Stedmon

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