Exam board: Edexcel

What will you do?:

•            Discussions and debates on different historical issues

•            Reading and researching around different topics

•            Graded tasks with given success criteria e.g. essay writing, individual/group presentations, role-play, debates

•            Practice exam technique by looking at exam questions


Who is the course for?:

•            Anyone who loves finding out about the past and gets a ‘buzz’ when learning about people and societies in the past

•            Someone who is prepared to do a lot of reading and writing in preparation for their lessons

•            Someone who likes to think analytically and consider issues and controversies in depth

•            Anyone who likes to argue their opinion and persuade people what they should believe


Course information:






Britain, 1625–1701: conflict, revolution and settlement 30% of total qualification


Civil Rights and race relations in the USA, 1850-2009

30% of total qualification


Russia in revolution, 1894–1924

20% of total qualification



20% of total qualification


Unit 1 – Written examination: 2hour and 15 minutes. Two essay questions and a source question.

Unit 2 – Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes. One essay question and a source question.

Unit 3 – Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes. Two essay questions and a source question.

Unit 4 – Coursework: One extended 3000-4000 word essay.



For further information/clarification about this course please contact Mr D Prudden or Mrs Smedley

Recommended resources:

·       Unit 1: Edexcel AS/A-Level History: Britain, 1625-1701: Conflict, Revolution and Settlement by David Farr ISBN-13: 9781471876554

·       Unit 2: Edexcel AS/A-Level History: Russia in Revolution, 1894-1924: Edexcel AS/A-Level history by Robin Bunce ISBN-13: 9781471876585

·       Unit 3: Civil Rights and Race Relations in the USA 1850-2009 by Vivienne Saunders ISBN-13: 9781510418080


Wide reading:

·       Unit 1: The Stuart Age: England, 1603-1714 by Barry Coward

·       Unit 2:

- A People’s Tragedy by Orlando Figes

- The Russian Revolution by Sheila Fitzpatrick


·       Unit 3:

-          Civil Rights and Race Relations in the USA 1850-2009 by Derrick Murphy

-          Fiction: Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

-          Fiction: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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