Subject Intent: Why History?

Our History curriculum intends to help students understand the significance of historical events, the role of individuals in history and the nature of change over time. A History A-Level will help students gain a deeper understanding of the past through political, social, economic and cultural perspectives. These skills are vital for young people as they start to develop a wider awareness of the political world around them.

What will I study?

Paper 1 - The British Empire, c1857–1967 This unit will assess the following themes and questions about the British Empire: Why did the British Empire grow and contract? What influenced imperial policy? Paper 2 - Revolution and dictatorship: Russia, 1917–1953 This option provides for the study in depth of the coming and practice of communism in Russia. It explores concepts such as:
  • Marxism
  • Communism
  • Leninism and Stalinism
  • Ideological control and dictatorship
The NEA – Tudor Rebellions. This piece of coursework requires the students to investigate the Tudor century and assess the causes of the numerous rebellions against the five Tudor monarchs.


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What are lessons like in this subject?

In History, we engage learners with sources and text written by historians and use these to interpret events from the past. We use IT quizzes to test student content, whilst prompting students to beat their  best score. We promote academic  literature which supports student learning, and invite guest speakers who are passionate about their subject.

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It’s so different from other subjects as it totally revolves around your judgement. It forces you to think deeper. It’s obvious that the staff and everyone around you is passionate about the subject.

Josephine White, Ackworth School

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