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A Level


The basic Sixth Form entry requirement is sufficient for this subject but students would be expected to have a B grade or above in an essay writing subject (e.g. English, History, RS) at GCSE.

The course combines a study of the impact of communist ideology in the 20th century with conflict in England during the 15th century.  These seemingly unrelated topics in fact draw upon common themes of power and influence, intrigue and leadership, who should govern and how. 

  • From Lenin to Yeltsin: the USSR, 1917-91
  • Mao’s China, 1949-76
  • The Wars of the Roses, 1399-1485
  • Coursework choice


Assessment information

History A Level Specification

For Papers 1 and 2 we follow Route E.

Paper 1: From Lenin to Yeltsin: the USSR, 1917-91

Paper 2: Mao's China, 1949-76

Paper 3: Lancastrians, Yorkists and the Wars of the Roses 1399-1509

Paper 4: Coursework essay (4000 words max) worth 20% of the final grade - there are no set topics for this, but students must choose an aspect of historical debate. 


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