Examining Board: OCR



The specification means that candidates must study:

• Significant events, individuals and issues

• A range of historical perspectives

• The diversity of society

• The history of more than one country or state

• Continuity and change over a period of time

• An element of British history


The specification allows direct progression from the GCSE syllabus currently offered although GCSE is not a prerequisite for taking this course.



A range of options are available for each module (4 over two years). Options will focus upon British Early Modern History and European Modern History. This builds on and complements the success of the current GCSE provision, which offers Modern History topics. Planned options for the AS/A Level are:


British History

British History Enquiry - Mid-Tudor Crises 1536–69 (AS)

Historical Themes - Rebellion and Disorder under the Tudors 1485–1603 (A2)


European History

European and World History Period Study - From Autocracy to Communism: Russia 1894–1941 (AS) 

Historical Interpretations and Investigations - This is a coursework unit, with two components – one focusing on Interpretations and the other focusing on Investigations. It is likely that we will choose to study one of the following options: Either The Causes of World War II or The Cold War 1941-1956 (A2).



Candidates take two units in the AS year and a further two units in the A2 year. Units studied in the AS year count towards the A Level examination if the second year is followed. Alternatively, the AS can be taken as a stand-alone qualification in the first year.

Assessment is in the form of end of module/unit examinations. The coursework unit comprises submission of two 2,000-word pieces one of which is an extended essay.


History is an excellent vehicle for helping to produce a trained, independent and well-disciplined mind. The methods of study and research involved provide a firm intellectual grounding for a whole range of future careers that require the skills of investigation, objective analysis and clear, concise communication, both written and oral. Specific examples include Law, Journalism, the Civil and Diplomatic Services, Banking and Commerce, Marketing, Retail Management, the Armed Services, Police, Politics, Finance and Accountancy or any other career demanding a sound academic background.

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