Course Overview

This course is ideal for learners who, are interested to find out more about events and people of the past.

The Humanities department are also hoping to run future trips to Russia, visiting Moscow and St Petersburg.

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Who is this course aimed at?

This course is aimed at students who:

  • Have an interest in History, it is not essential for it to be studied at GCSE
  • Enjoy researching and debating about topics
  • Would like to know more about key events and people who shaped history
  • Would like to study History in Higher Education
  • Would like to progress in employment in teaching, at a museum, librarian, journalism, acheaology or many more

What will you learn?

This course is assessed by exams and a coursework element.

  • Russia 1917-1991: Students will study the leaders of Russia from 1917 - 1985 and how their polices affected the government, the economy, social developments and how they controlled the Russian people through propaganda, arts and culture and the secret police. Students will also study the reasons for the fall of the USSR, 1985 - 1991.
  • German Democratic Republic 1949-1990: Students will study how the East German state was developed from Soviet occupation in 1949 up to growing crises and the fall of Communist rule across Eastern Europe.
  • British History 1780-1928: Protest, agitation and Parliamentary reform in Britain. Students will study how the vote was gradually extended to more and more people throughout the nineteenth century, including women and how Parliament was changed as a result. Students will also study 5 themes in depth, including the rise of radicalism, Chartism (1836 - 1848), trade union militancy, women's enfranchisement and the campaign to repeal the Contagious Diseases Act.
  • Coursework: Students will conduct independent research around a set historical debate by analysing what historians have written about this and then they will write a 4,000 word essay on which interpretation they think is the most convincing.

What skills will you develop?

Skills students will develop on this course include:

  • Knowledge  
  • Analysis  
  • Judgement 
  • Exam Technique 
  • Academic Language 
  • Self Confidence  
  • Practice 
  • Time Management 
  • Communication 
  • Source Skills 
  • Revision Skills 
  • Responsibility  
  • Focus 
  • Self motivation 
  • Making Decisions 
  • Teamwork 

Progression Routes

There are a variety of different progression routes you can follow with this course. This can include different pathways to achieve numerous careers through Higher Education, Apprenticeships or directly into Employment. Here are some progression routes:

  • Historian
  • Librarian
  • Teacher
  • Musuem Officer
  • International Relations

A Level

Course Leader:
Ivan Tomb

Course Length:
Two Years

Entry Requirements:
GCSE Grade 5 in English with an average points score of 4.2 or above.

How is the course assessed:
This course is assessed by exams and coursework.


Challenging but rewarding when you have a better insight into a range of knowledge.

Jai Smith, Hungerhill School , Gainsborough Academy