History

Subject Intent: Why History?

Our History curriculum intends to help students understand the significance of historical events, the role of individuals in history and the nature of change over time. History A-Level will help students gain a deeper understanding of the past through political, social, economic and cultural perspectives. These skills are vital for young people as they start to develop a wider awareness of the political world around them.

Why should I study this subject?

History is a fascinating and exciting subject, not only because it encourages the discovery of secrets from the past, but also because it helps us to understand the world around us today. A-Level History offers both a broad and in depth study of the past, incorporating a spectrum of employability skills such as critical and reflective thinking, communication, analysis and research. The course will allow students to delve more deeply into a wide range of events over a time frame of more than 200 years.

What will I study?

The Tudors 1485-1603:
• The first year will focus on Henry VII and Henry VIII
• The second year will focus on Edward, Mary and Elizabeth

Russian, Revolution and dictatorship 1917-53:
• The first year will focus on the revolutions of 1917 and Stalin’s rise to power
• The second year will focus will be Stalin in power and his reign of terror

Both units will cover themes such as social, economic, political, cultural and religious changes in this time frame. Each student is also required to produce an individually researched piece of coursework of 3,500 words.

Studying history can be challenging but that is what makes it so rewarding. You learn about the world around you. I love getting to journey into different time periods that are so different from ours and learn about the people and events that took place long ago and still influence our world today.

Emily Rose Poncia – XP School

What are the entry requirements?
Please refer to our Course Specific Entry Requirements table here