Minerva Learning Trust

History - Modern

A Level AQA

As part of this course, students will undertake a Breadth Study, Depth Study and complete a coursework essay.

The Breadth Study explores Tsarist and Communist Russia between 1855-1964, covering trying to preserve autocracy, the collapse of autocracy, the emergence of Communist dictatorship and the Stalinist dictatorship and reaction. 

The Depth Study explores The Making of Modern Britain during the period 1951-2007 specifically the Affluent Society, the Sixties, the end of Post-War consensus, the impact of Thatcherism, towards a new Consensus and the era of New Labour. 

Coursework will be completed throughout the two years looking at Britain and India between 1757-1857, including the founding of the East India Company, increasing interventions in Indian affairs, the Indian Mutiny and interpretations of British influence in India. 


Paper 1 - 40% 

  • Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855-1964  

Paper 2 - 40% 

  • The Making of Modern Britain, 1951-2007 

Non-Exam Assessment (Coursework) - 20% 

  • 3000 word coursework essay 
  • Britain and India 1757-1857 

Skills Developed and Career Prospects

This History course could lead to a university degree, either straight History or as a combined course (e.g. with Politics or Economics). It also is useful for careers in Law, Politics, Journalism, Teaching, Museum and Archive work, Local and National Government, Librarianship and Industrial Management and is widely respected and valued by many employers. 

High Storrs Sixth Form Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at Grade 9 - 4. This MUST include at least a Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics


Grade 4 in History (if studied) AND Grade 5 in English Language OR Literature