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A-Level History

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Why study A-Level History?

Exam board and specification: OCR (History A)

OCR History A provides an engaging curriculum to ignite students’ passions and interests. Our content creates independent learners, critical thinkers and decision-makers – all personal qualities that can help students stand out as they progress to higher education and future careers. We study a range of topics at Chelsea, spanning over 200 years of British, European and world history.

What is covered by the course?

A-Level year one

Unit Group 1 (Y113): British period study and enquiry – Britain 1930-1997; Enquiry topic: Churchill 1930-1951

Unit Group 2 (Y221): Non-British period study: Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany, 1919-63

A-level year two

Unit Group 3 (Y316): Thematic Study and historical interpretations – Britain and Ireland, 1791-1921

Unit Group 4 (Y100): Topic-based essay: coursework (3000-4000 word research essay)

How is it examined?

Unit Group 1 (Y113) – 1hr 30mins; 25% of total qualification.

Unit Group 2 (Y221) – 1hr; 15% of total qualification.

Unit Group 3 (Y316) – 2hrs 30mins; 40% of total qualification.

Unit Group 4 (Y100) – Non exam assessment: 3,000-4,000-word essay; 20% of total qualification.

Related university courses and careers:

The broad range of skills developed in studying History such as critical thinking, research and analysis can be applied to a broad range of careers and courses in in many subject areas including humanities, social sciences, law, civil service, finance, education, English literature, classics and economics.

Suggested reading:

OCR A-Level History: Britain 1930-1997 – Nicholas Fellows and Mike Wells

Access to History: Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany, 1919-63 – Geoff Layton

Access to History: Great Britain and the Irish Question, 1774-1923 – Paul Adelman and Mike Byrne