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History is stimulating, challenging, amusing and rewarding. It can totally change your view of the world.

In our course, we journey back to sixteenth century England to look at dynastic struggles in the Early Tudor period, before focusing on the twentieth century to consider the radical changes in Revolutionary Russia and post-war USA. We also investigate the rise and decline of witchcraft during the 16th & 17th centuries and how far it emerged out of the popular culture of the time. By looking in depth, we illuminate wider historical themes and equip ourselves with the skills to see patterns in any period of the past.

Specification: OCR

The Course

Students follow the OCR A Level History, consisting of four units.

Year 12

Unit 1: British period study and enquiry

  • England 1485-1558: The Early Tudors

Unit 2: Non-British Period Study

  • Russia 1894 – 1941

Year 13

Unit 3: Thematic study and historical interpretations

  • Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992

Unit 4: Coursework

  • Popular Culture and the Witchcraze of the 16th and 17th Centuries


  • Essay writing
  • Debating
  • Source analysis
  • Presentation skills
  • Research and independent learning
  • Forming judgements based on evidence
  • Critical and reflective thinking
  • Appreciation of social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity over time


All A-level exams are at the end of Year 13:

  • 1x 1 hour 30 minute exam
  • 1x 1 hour exam
  • 1x 2 hour 30 minute exam

Coursework: 3,000-4,000 word essay


  • Hampton Court day trip

For further details, please contact Mr Jennings, Head of History

All current plans for sixth form programmes of study at Bishop Stopford School are provisional, dependent on student numbers and government policy.