Faculty : Humanities                                                                          

Level : AS/A2

Examination Board/website: www.ocr.org.uk

Assessment details

80% written examination and 20% coursework

Written examinations (Unit titles, duration, % weighting)

Unit 1 - British period study and enquiry

The Early Stuarts and the Origins of the Civil War, 1603-1660 (Enquiry topic: The Execution of Charles I and the Interregnum, 1646-1660)

Written examination, 1 hour 30 minutes, 25%

Unit 2 - Non-British period study

Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany, 1919-1963

Written examination, 1 hour, 15%

Unit 3 - Thematic study and historical interpretations

From Colonialism to Independence: The British Empire, 1857, 1965

Written examination, 2 hours and 30 minutes, 40%

Coursework ((Unit titles, duration, % weighting, submission dates)

Unit 4 - Non-examination Assessment

An independent investigation based on a topic chosen by the student. The student will produce a 3000-4000 word essay.

Course outline

The brand new A-Level History course offers an exciting collection of modules which cover British, European and world history from the 16th century to the 20th century. Unit 1 offers an unique opportunity to learn about a key period in Britain’s history because the English Civil Wars during the reign of the Stuarts had significant political consequences which help us to understand the relationship between the monarchy and the government today. Unit 2 which is based on German history gives students the opportunity to study in depth an aspect of European history from which we can learn lessons about the importance of tolerance and justice. Unit 3, which focuses on the rise and fall of the British Empire enables students to study the role of Britain across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Finally, students will have an opportunity to independently investigate an aspect of history of their choice within the guidelines set by OCR.

The programme of study seeks to foster and develop an understanding of the modern world, covering a range of aspects that include political, social and economic and cultural history.

The new syllabus is designed to help students develop a range of transferable skills including, communication, organisation, planning, creating and writing an argument, analysis through historical sources, evaluating, and problem-solving. These skills shall equip them for higher education and employment.

Skills / Aptitudes required to be successful in this course

Students on the A-Level History course will be required to be fully committed, which needs to be demonstrated through regular attendance, extensive reading, completion of homework, etc.  Students will be expected to work independently, as well as in groups. Literacy skills are vital on this course as students will be expected to write extensively throughout the course.

Goes well with...

History complements a wide variety of subjects ranging from social sciences to the natural sciences, creative arts, and languages. These include Government & Politics, Psychology, Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Art, Language and Law.

Pathways – Career and /or further study possibilities, using this subject

Students who study History can consider pursuing courses that lead to the following professions in particular:



Social Work


Government/Politics- Civil Service



For further information, please contact: Ms. Begum (Head of History & Politics) (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Thursday the 25th. Hendon School, Golders Rise, Hendon, London, NW4 2HP ~ Tel: 020 8202 9004 ~ Fax: 020 8202 3341 ~ E-mail: info@hendonschool.co.uk