Modern History

We offer two History A-Level courses.

  • Modern  History
  • Medieval History

You may only study one history course (i.e. either Medieval or Modern).  However, you may study also Classical History as well as either Medieval or Modern.

What will you be learning?

Year 12 

Unit 1 : Industrialisation and the People: Britain c.1783-c.1832

This is a breadth unit. It is designed to allow you to study in detail the major changes that occurred in British politics and society in the early 19th century. You will study the key political developments, the challenges that the ruling class faced, the impact of industrialisation and the challenge of political movements.

Unit 2: Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia, 1917-c.1939

This is a depth unit. It is designed to allow you to compare and contrast the a number of different themes over time. This includes a study of how Russia was governed, the development of the economy, the extent of social change and the role of key individuals such as Tsar Alexander II, Tsar Alexander III, Tsar Nicholas II and Lenin.

Year 13

Unit 1: Industrialisation and the People: Britain c.1783-1885

This breadth unit is a continuation of Unit 1 from year 12. It continues the in-depth study of the key political, social and         economic developments in 19th century Britain, extending the knowledge up to 1885. You will study the emergence of the Liberal Party and the expansion of the middle and working classes, as well as the growth of protest movements such as Chartism and Fenianism.

Unit 2: Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia, 1917-1953

This depth unit is a continuation of Unit 2 from year 12. It continues the thematic study of the governance and development of Russia from the revolutions of 1917 to the fall of Khrushchev in 1964. This unit allows you to study the development of           communism and the role of Stalin in the modernisation of Russia.

Unit 3: Historical Investigation: England in the 1600s

The historical investigation will be focussed on England in the turbulent 17th century. You will investigate a topic from this period (such as the outbreak of the Civil War, the role of Charles I, interpretations of Oliver Cromwell etc.) and write an essay of between 3000-3500 words.

How is it assessed?

Y12, Unit 1 & 2: External examination, 50%

Y13, Unit 1 & 2: External examination, 40%

Y13, Unit 3: Coursework, 10%

Entry Requirements

Minimum grade C in GCSE history

Or

Minimum grade 6 in GCSE English language