History - Modern

Examination Board: OCR

Specification: H106

Qualification: AS/A Level GCE


Head of Department: Mr Steve Brown

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Why Study History?

History is a fascinating subject in its own right – it is about people, so if you find other people interesting, you will find history fascinating. It also helps us make sense of the modern world we live in and has an important contribution to make to life-long learning. It enables you to develop the ability to communicate clearly, synthesise and critically evaluate information – transferable skills which provide an excellent foundation for a number of careers and which are valued by employers. Higher education institutions welcome historians onto History specific/History-related courses as well as degrees in law, journalism and business.

Course Details – Exam Board: OCR

Students studying for either the AS-Level in History, or the full A-Level in History. Both will study:

Unit 1 (British period study and enquiry.) Unit 1 will be Y110: ‘From Pitt to Peel: Britain, 1783 – 1853.’ The Enquiry topic for Unit 1 will be: ‘Peel and the Age of Reform, 1832 – 1853.’

Unit 2 (Non-British period study.) Unit 2 will be Y216: ‘The USA in the 19th Century: Westward expansion and Civil War, 1803 – c. 1890.’

Towards the end of the year (ie. summer 2017), students will start studying the following:

Unit 3 (Thematic study and historical interpretations.) This will be Y321: ‘The Middle East, 1908 – 2011: Ottomans to Arab Spring.’

Unit 4 (Non-exam assessment.) Unit 4 will be Y100: ‘Topic-based essay.’ Unit 4 involves students carrying out an independently researched essay of 3000 – 4000 words in length. The essay produced will be marked by the teacher(s) and moderated by the exam board (OCR).

Entry Requirements

Students are required to achieve at least a Grade B at GCSE level in either History or a related subject, such as RE or Geography. It is recommended you have a good Grade B or above in GCSE level English Language.


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