What do we study at A Level History?

Exam Board: OCR A Level History A 

Unit 1: Britain 1900-1951, with Enquiry topic: England and a New Century 1900-1918 

  • Political history of Britain, investigating how successive government tackled social and economic issues with which they were faced. The period of 1900-1918 will involve studying primary sources.
  • Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 25% of the qualification 
  • Revision page

Unit 2: Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919 - 1963 

  • Political and social history of Germany, investigating the rise of the Nazis, re-structuring of German society under Nazi rule, World War II, and the division of Germany into the FDR and the GDR. This unit includes a study of interpretations.
  • Written examination: 1 hour
  • 15% of the qualification
  • Revision page

Unit 3: Rebellion and Disorder under the Tudors 1485-1603 

  • Covering a broad time period in a synoptic fashion, this unit investigates rebellions such as the Pilgrimage of Grace and the Rising of the Northern Earls. It compares features of rebellion and the differing or similar ways in which Tudor monarchs over time attempted to maintain control.
  • Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 40% of the qualification
  • Revision page

Unit 4: Non-exam assessment - topic-based essay 

  • This coursework element can be on ANYTHING, so long as it isn't about England under the Tudors, and so long as it is a debate that allows all the assessment objectives to be met. Your teacher will support you in selecting and composing your question.
  • Independently researched essay of 3000-4000 words, debating an individual question, agreed by the exam board 
  • 20% of the qualification 
  • Coursework support page