Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5, students follow the OCR specification, following a linear two-year qualification. Students will study the following topics:

Unit 1: British period study and enquiry – The early Stuarts and the origins of the Civil War, 1603-1660

Weighting: 50 marks (25% of A-Level)

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Unit 2: Non-British period study – The French Revolution and the rule of Napoleon, 1774–1815

Weighting: 30 marks (15% of A-Level)

Duration: 1 hour

Unit 3: Thematic study and historical interpretations – Civil Rights in the USA, 1865–1992

Weighting: 80 marks (40% of A-Level)

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Unit 4: Topic-based essay

Weighting: 20% of A-Level

3,000–4,000-word essay. Non-exam assessment.

History is a highly respected academic qualification. It is respected by universities and goes well with any combination of subjects for any professional career. University admissions tutors know that if you have done history you have completed a challenging, rigorous and very independent qualification. It encourages you to study independently which is a valuable skill to have in the modern world. ‘The Telegraph ranks History as one of the top 10 subjects for employability’.

April 2024


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