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Level 3

AQA L3 A Level in History


The course looks at important historical issues in breadth as well as in depth. It helps students to understand how the world has become what it is and our place in it. It develops students’; ability to think critically and reach conclusions based on evidence.

Topics studied include:

Unit 1: Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855-1964.

Part One. Russia 1855-1917:

Tsarist Russia and Communist Russia, 1855-1964, Autocracy,

Reform and Revolution, Alexander II, Alexander III and Nicholas II, 1905 Revolution, Industrialisation, 1917 Revolutions, Impact of World War I in Russia.

Part Two. Russia 1917-1964:

The leadership of Lenin and Stalin, 1917-1953, the Soviet Union, Great Purges, Russia’;s involvement in World War II, the rise and fall of Khrushchev, the condition of the Soviet Union by 1964.

Unit 2: The Making of Modern Britain, 1951-2007.

Part One. Britain 1951-1979:

Post war boom, living standards and consumerism, social and cultural change; class, gender, race and youth, Northern Ireland, foreign affairs and decolonisation, the Sixties, Labour and Conservative governments.

Part Two. Britain 1979-2007:

Impact of Thatcherism, protests in Northern Ireland, Falklands and the Cold War, society and social attitudes, The balkans, John Major, Tony Blair and New Labour, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Unit 3: The Causes of the US Civil War, 1776 – 1861

Coursework Unit: 3000-3500 words, using primary and secondary sources.

We use a range of teaching and learning methods: formal presentations by the teacher; discussions; group work; presentations; independent research; e-learning. We aim to take account of different learning styles and learner experiences.

1:1 support is available to all students.


Minimum of 5 GCSEs at 9-4, including grade 5
English Language and a grade 4 in Maths.

Although previous historical knowledge is helpful it is not essential. Students do not need to have studied History GCSE. An interest in current affairs and a willingness to read widely in a range of texts is desirable.

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