History A Level




History A Level

Beauty Therapy NVQ

Subject leader

 Mr J Davies

Biology A Level

About the subject

Year 12 Overview

(new Spec)

Students study two modules for history sixth form.  They are as follows:


Autocracy, Reform and Revolution: Russia, 1855–1917


This option allows students to 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?



Trying to preserve autocracy, 1855–1894

The collapse of autocracy, 1894–1917


A level

The emergence of Communist dictatorship, 1917–1941

The Stalinist dictatorship and reaction, 1941–1964


Religious conflict and the Church in England, c1529–c1570


This option provides for the study in depth of a period of major change in the English Church and

government, focusing on issues which led England to break with Rome and the problems surrounding the establishment of a new Anglican Church and faith. It explores concepts such as piety, humanism, Protestantism, Catholicism, authority and conformity and promotes an in-depth understanding of the relationship between Church and state, monarch and parliament, faith and pragmatism.



The Church in c.1529

The break from Rome c.1529-1536

Change and Reaction 1536-1547


A Level

A more Protestant Nation, 1547–1553

The restoration of Papal Authority, 1553–1558

The establishment of the Church of England, 1558–c1570


Historical Investigation


This only applies to students taking History A level.  Students will need to research and write a personal study which takes the form of a question in the context of approximately 100 years.  It is to be 3000-3500 words in length.



Year 13 Overview

(New  Spec)

Students complete two pieces of coursework.  One is on the reign of Louis the XIV and the second piece of coursework is on a topic of their choice.  Both pieces are 2000 words each.

In addition, students will study Russia and its rulers 1855-1964.  This will be assessed in a two hour exam where students will completed two essays.  They will focus on:

• Russian rulers: similarities and differences in the main domestic policies of Alexander II, Alexander III, Nicholas II, the Provisional Government, Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev.

• The nature of government: autocracy, dictatorship and totalitarianism; change and continuity in central administration; methods of repression and enforcement; the extent and impact of reform; the extent and effectiveness of opposition both before and after 1917.

• The impact of the dictatorial regimes on the economy and society of the Russian Empire and the USSR: changes to living and working conditions of urban and rural people; limitations on personal, political and religious freedom; extent of economic and social changes.

• Impact of war and revolution on the development of Russian government: the effects of the Crimean War, the Japanese War, 1905 Revolution, 1917 Revolutions, World War One, World War Two, the Cold War




Exam board used for A Level or BTEC

Current Year 12s (New A-level, 2016 onwards) – AQA (7041 & 7042)


Current Year 13s (Old A-level, last exam 2016) – OCR (H106 & H506)

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