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A level

History allows you to explore different aspects of the past, and to study how leaders, ordinary people, beliefs and conflict helped shape events. This  course focuses on times of significant change: on  revolution,  the collapse of monarchy, and the establishment of new regimes.

There are two options for this A level: Germany and Russia. You will choose one of these when you apply online.

Please note; may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2020 Course Costs.

Course Content

Year 1

You  will  study  Britain  1603-1649  considering  the  causes  and events of the English Civil War; with focus on James I and Charles I and the ways in which they governed

You will then opt to study either the  Russian  Revolution  1917-1929;  exploring Stalin’s rise to power,  or  The  Weimar   Republic  1918-1933; exploring the rise of the Nazis.

Year 2

You will study the consequences of the events covered in Year 1,  focusing on the restoration and limitation of the monarch in Britain 1649-1702; beginning with Cromwell’s Republic and Charles II. You will then continue with your option from Year 1.

Students studying Russia will consider the nature and impact of  Stalin’s  rule1929-1953; while those studying Germany will consider the impact of the Nazi dictatorship on the German population.

All students will also complete a non-examined assessment on the struggle for black civil rights in America 1863-1968.


  • 80% exam
  • 20% coursework

Special Features

Students of A level History have the opportunity to take part in a number of popular ‘extra’ activities. In the past few years, these have included: a day of lectures by visiting academics from Anglia Ruskin focused on Black Civil rights 1863-1964, trips to student conferences in London, and talks by other visiting academics.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4 including GCSE Maths.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE English Language.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE History if taken.
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