Introductory Video from Mrs. Heslop
History Video
Course Details
OCR A Level History A

What kind of student would enjoy this course?

The study of History in the Sixth Form is both challenging and enjoyable. It will appeal to someone who is imaginative, interested in current affairs, and willing to do independent study. Ideally students should have a Level 6 or above in GCSE History. However, the A-Level course is also open to those who have not taken GCSE, providing that they have a good level of English.

What will I study?

Contemporary Twentieth Century History will be studied with thematic history topics from other eras.

Topics are:

  • Henry VII and Henry VIII
  • The Cold War in Europe 1941-95
  • Russia 1855-1964

A 3000-4000 word non-examined assessment (NEA) of independent study based on primary and secondary sources from any period of history that interests the student.

What skills will I learn?

You will develop your powers of expression, your critical awareness and your ability to construct a reasoned argument. You will learn to respond intelligently and analytically to historical evidence, ask pertinent questions and make valid comparisons.

What could I do at the end of the course?

The skills developed through studying History are highly valued, and form a sound basis for a wide scope of options in Higher Education, as diverse as Law, Media Studies, Social work, Journalism, Medicine or Psychology and Politics.