History A-Level at Chellaston Academy covers a range of topics across different societies and periods. In Year 12 and 13 you cover Life in Tudor England 1529-1570, Life in Russia from 1855-1964 and then a topic of your choice for your coursework. Undertaking the latter provides an opportunity to study almost any aspect of history from any period. The ALevel History course is also diverse in that it covers political, economic, religious and social aspects of the past. For example, you might look at the reasons why England began its reformation (religious) as well as the power struggle between young Edward VI and his Uncle Duke of Somerset (political), the struggles of the serfs in Russia (social) or the reasons why the USSR industrialised so quickly in the
How will I be assessed?
80% of your course is exam based at the end of year 13 (40% For Tudor England c.1529-1570 and 40% Russia 1855-1964). 20% is a non-examined assessment. This is a 3000-3500 word essay based on independent research on a topic of your choice.
How is the course delivered?
Teachers in the department specialise in certain units. This means that each group is taught by two different teachers, each covering the unit they know best.
Is this course suitable for me?
Yes, if you want an A-Level that is respected for its academic standards. History is known as a facilitating subject, which means it is highly prized by universities. In History you will be expected to know about the past and to evaluate important events, individuals and turning points.
What are the mandatory modules or units?
Tudor England 1529-1570
Independent study (coursework)
What can I do after this course?
The academic nature of History A-Level means that universities value it more than most. It is therefore a very good tool for gaining access to further education and, if it applies to you, to those universities that seek the very best students.
What careers would this course be useful for?
History A-Level requires skills in literacy and rewards those with analytical minds. In the past History students have gone on to do a range of careers. Some of the most popular have been law, journalism and teaching.
Who can I contact for more information?