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Course overview

Modern history covers the period from the eighteenth century until our own lifetimes. This A level examines the challenges and changes in twentieth century Britain, America at the time of the American Revolution and in nineteenth and twentieth century Russia.

What will I study?


The modern history course is divided into four units, the first unit covers the history of Britain from 1900–1951. Unit two looks into the course of the American Revolution from 1740–1796. Unit three covers Russia and its rulers from 1855–1964. The final unit is an independent research essay from a selection of titles offered to you.

Trips, visits and enrichments

  • Students attend lectures by academic historians
  • Students have visited St Petersburg and Moscow in past years
  • Visit to the People’s History Museum in Manchester

What can it lead to?

History is a highly regarded course by universities and is a recognised route into a wide range of careers.

Special entry requirements

GCSE grade 6 in either English language, English literature or history.

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