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Exam Board: OCR

Course Content

Year 12

Students will study one British period study for Unit 1 and one non-British period study for Unit 2.

The British topic is England 1445–1509: Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII, which will cover Edward IV, Richard III and Henry VII’s rule in England, examining topics such as battles, patronage, opposition and the nobility. This also includes the sources Enquiry topic the Wars of the Roses 1445–1461 which examines the Outbreak of the Wars, the actions of Richard, Duke of York, war and his defeat. Students learn about the famous Princes in the Tower and about many aspects of government.

The European topic is Italy 1896–1943 and allows students to track the development of the country from reunification to the collapse of the Fascist regime during the Second World War. Students also learn about the impact of the First World War and the Peace Treaties, the rise of Mussolini, his creation of a dictatorship, propaganda and Italian alliance with the Axis powers.

Year 13

Students will study a thematic and interpretations study for Unit 3, which is Russia and its Rulers 1855–1964. This begins in the age of the Tsars, moving to the First World War’s impact and the revolutions of 1917. Students also learn about the development of Communism and the USSR’s role in the Cold War.

There is also the non-exam assessment which is a coursework essay on a topic of the student’s own choice – 3000-4000 words written in Year 13

Enrichment Opportunities

We support students in entering History essay and other competitions. We update students on online opportunities such as lectures.


All exams in the summer of Year 13. Coursework completed by April of Year 13.

Assessment as follows:-

  • British period study Unit 1 (25%)
  • Non-British period study Unit 2 (15%)
  • Thematic and interpretations study for Unit 3 (40%)
  • Non-exam assessment: coursework essay (20%)