Key Stage 5

At A level we draw on the strengths of the teachers in the Department. At present we follow the new Edexcel Specification Route E: Communist States in the Twentieth Century.

  • Paper 1: Russia, 1917–91: from Lenin to Yeltsin 
  • Paper 2: The German Democratic Republic, 1949-90 
  • Paper 3: Protest, agitation and parliamentary Reform in Britain, 1780-1928
  • Coursework: Students focus on the events of Revolutionary Russia, 1917


Since 2014, the Department has run two successful trips to the Battlefields of Ypres and the Somme.

In July 2017, we ran a three-day visit to Berlin with focus on the Cold War and life in the GDR.

In December 2017, our Sixth Form took a two-day trip to London which included visits to Parliament and several Museums.

Future Trips in the planning stages:

In July 2018 – First World War Commemoration trip – Ypres and Somme following the stories of the old boys who fought in the conflict.

December 2018 – London, including Parliament and Museums.

July 2019 – Berlin – Cold War and Life in the GDR.



The Department has established links with the Holocaust Education Trust. In November, two Sixth Form students are invited to take part in a three-day course: Lessons from Auschwitz.

For more information contact:

Mr M Lockwood
Joint Head of Humanities (History)