Edexcel: A Level

What will I study?

Our topic of Russia, 1917-91: from Lenin to Yeltsin gives students the opportunity to study the growth of the Bolsheviks, through to the rise and fall of Communism. Students will focus on themes and Historical interpretations.

Furthermore our depth study on The German Democratic Republic 1949-90 offers an insight into Germany after WW2, students have the opportunity to study, events such as the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the GDR. Our final topic of Poverty, public health and the state in Britain c1780-1939 allows students to reflect on the development and changes with the health and welfare system of Britain leading to what is in place today. In addition, the opportunity to study any period in History is available during the Historical Enquiry part of the course, the chance to study Roman’s or Greeks is now a possibility!

What skills will I develop?

The A Level History course builds on skills that have already been developing throughout our studies at key stage 4, however it is not essential to have studied History at GCSE to study History at A-level, a grade 5 or above in English is the only requirement. There are 3 main assessment objectives that are covered throughout the course.

AO1: Demonstrate, organise and communicate knowledge and understanding to analyse and evaluate the key features related to the periods studied, making substantiated judgements and exploring concepts, as relevant, of cause, consequence, change, continuity, similarity, difference and significance.

AO2: Analyse and evaluate appropriate source material, primary and/or contemporary to the period, within its historical context.

AO3: Analyse and evaluate, in relation to the historical context, different ways in which aspects of the past have been interpreted.

How will I be assessed?

The assessments are designed for students to demonstrate the range of historical skills they have been developing. Questions will focus on a variety of historical areas, such as what happened, why things happened, the impact of key events, how far you agree with a view. Students also analyse

historical sources and come up with ideas for tackling an independent Historical Enquiry.

Paper 1 30%

Paper 2 20%

Paper 3 30%

Coursework 20%

2 hour 15 minutes

1 hour 30 minutes

1 hour 20 minutes


Russia, 1917-91: from Lenin to Yeltsin

The German Democratic Republic 1949-90

Poverty, public health and the state in Britain c1780-1939

Historical Enquiry

How will I be supported in my learning?

  • Extensive revision booklets for each topic, complete with exam questions for each sub-topic.
  • Study support sessions are offered weekly and during the holidays.
  • Detailed and specific written feedback.
  • Course specific textbooks
  • A school trip to Russia