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History Tsarist and Communist Russia and Modern Britain

Level 3

Qualification: A Level

Duration: 2 years

What will I study?


At TRC we offer two different routes in A Level History both are from AQA and meet the A level requirements of studying over 200 years across the 3 units. You simply need to decide which option would best suit you.

Also delivered at Winterhill School.

What will I study? A Level History is an engaging subject that will build your understanding of the world around you and equip you with skills that are highly prized by both universities and employers. You will evaluate sources and opinions and construct arguments and judgements, as well as building literacy and debating skills.

This is one of two versions of A Level History that we offer (the other includes Tudor England and the American Civil War). You can do either of these alongside Ancient History.

Unit 1H: Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1964 This is a breadth study, in which you will look at the themes of political authority, opposition, the development of the economy, social and cultural change, the importance of ideas and ideologies such as communism, and the importance of key individuals and groups. Russia goes through enormous change in this period, moving from an economically backwards nation that had been defeated in the Crimean War to an industrial superpower; from a traditional autocratic country to the world’s first communist state. There is also some continuity, with Stalin often referred to as the Red Tsar, and the Russian people being subject to brutal regimes.

Unit 2S: The Making of Modern Britain 1951-2007 In this unit, you will study the development of Britain from the aftermath of World War II up until the modern day. In this time period, Britain’s position in the world changes dramatically as the age of Empire ends. The nation goes through economic upheaval, enormous social change, sees several shifts in political ideology and emerges as the country that you know. This unit will give you a deep understanding of the modern world and Britain’s place in it, as well as introducing you to key figures including Churchill, Thatcher and Blair.

Unit 3: Tudor Rebellions 1485-1603 In your coursework, you will examine the causes of rebellions against the five Tudor monarchs. Beginning with Henry VII’s struggles against Yorkist pretenders, you will also examine the Pilgrimage of Grace, a rebellion against Henry VIII’s religious changes, and the two rebellions faced by Edward VI in 1549. The coursework also focuses on rebels trying to prevent Mary I’s marriage to Philip of Spain, and Catholic plots and rebellions against Elizabeth I.


Study Visits

A number of day and half-day visits to be confirmed.


Students are advised to buy a textbook.

Our LRC (library) offers a pack of ‘History essentials’ at cost value (one whiteboard, 2 whiteboard pens, 2 highlighters and a folder).

Otherwise minimal costs.


Unit 1H (Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1964): 1 exam, comprised of an extract question and 2 essays (2 hours 30 minutes).

Unit 2S (The Making of Modern Britain 1951-2007): 1 exam, comprised of a source question and 2 essays (2 hours 30 minutes).

NEA (Coursework): 1 piece of coursework (4000-4500 words).

Entry Criteria

Grade 5 English. Grade 4 in History (if taken).

Useful Supporting Courses

Ancient History, Politics, English Literature/ English Language, Law, Economics, Philosophy, Religious Studies and Modern Foreign Languages.


Lawyers, Company Managers, Banking and Finance, Museum Education Officer, Archaeologist, Heritage Manager, Teaching.

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Culture Vulture

Check out our Culture Vulture link to see what takes your interest.

History Culture Vulture

Flying start

Click the link and have a go at our 10-week learning plan to get you off to the best start.

Early Modern History Flying Start 2021

Later Modern History Flying Start 2021

Course Overview

Follow the link to see an introduction to the course, identifying what you will study with us in the first few months and what you might already know.

Later Modern History Course Overview

Early Modern History Course Overview