“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” -George Santayana. You will study the history of a range of different periods and nations, and analyse the political, social and economic trends and developments of these periods. This will enable you to develop a broad historical understanding.

Entry Requirements

You are expected to have achieved at least a 5 in GCSE History, if taken, or a similar subject.

Learning & Assessment

Modules / Topics

Britain 1930-1997

Enquiry topic – Churchill 1930-1951

Conservative domination 1951–1964

Labour and Conservative governments 1964–1979

Thatcher and the end of consensus 1979–1997

Britain’s position in the world 1951–1997


French Revolution and the rule of Napoleon 1774-1815

The causes of the French Revolution from 1774 and the events of 1789

The Revolution from October 1789 to the Directory 1795

Napoleon Bonaparte to 1807

The decline and fall of Napoleon 1807–1815


Russia and its Rulers 1855-1964

The nature of government

The impact of dictatorial regimes on the economy and society of the Russian Empire and the USSR

The impact of dictatorial regimes on the economy and society of the Russian Empire and the USSR

Russia: Empire, nationalities and satellite states

Alexander II’s domestic reforms

The Provisional Government

Khrushchev in power 1956–1964


Historical Enquiry – focus on US Civil Rights Movement or Nazi Germany.

Trips / Visits / Enrichment

Talks from local historians and archivists


Exams will consist of a mixture of essay based and source analysis based long answer questions.

Britain 1930-1997 - 1 hour 30 minute paper 25%

French Revolution and the rule of Napoleon 1774-1815 - 1 hour paper 15%

Russia and its Rulers 1855-1964 2 hour 30 minute paper 40%

1 piece of Non exam assessment: 3000–4000 word essay 20%

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I have thoroughly enjoyed the A Level history course. I struggled to write essays at the beginning but the amazing feedback I received from my teacher really improved my grade. My favourite topic so far has been the French Revo...
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OCR Britain 1930-1997 by Mike Wells and Nicholas Fellows

OCR French Revolution and the rule of Napoleon by Mike Wells

Film - Darkest Hour

The skills you acquire will enable you to progress onto a range of degrees in humanities, as well as law or teaching qualifications. Careers could include working in the heritage and museum sector, archivist, teacher, journalism and political work. The skills you gain in studying History are transferrable in a number of industries and the business sector.

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