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Course introduction

Joe Nicholas
A level History
Studying History at St. John Rigby College offers a range of exciting opportunities. Some of these opportunities include trips to Berlin, Washington DC and Beijing, alongside local visits to places such as the Cold War Centre, Jodrell Bank and the Slavery Museum in Liverpool. We also offer a range of extracurricular activities, including student essay competitions through universities and an active Debate Club which regularly competes at the Model United Nations, European Youth Parliament and Debating Matters events. Furthermore, we actively work with local universities such as the University of Manchester and provide a supportive programme for applicants to Oxford and Cambridge, Russell Group and broader university applications.



Specific course entry requirements

College entry. You do not need to have studied History at GCSE. However, if you have studied GCSE History we would expect you to have obtained at least a grade 4, (please refer to the Entry Requirements section for further details).

How will I be assessed?

80% Examination

20% Coursework

Exam Board = AQA

Unit 1J British Empire 1857-1967

Unit 2R Cold War 1945-1991

NEA 3 Anti-Semitism in Germany 1789-1881

What will I study?

Studying History gives you the opportunity to gain an understanding of how the modern world came to be. Through your studies of the British Empire you will examine how Britain shaped other nations through war, economic and cultural actions. This will include an analysis of India, Africa and the Middle East and the impact of the First and Second World War on British rule. This topic will also allow you to see how our own society came to be altered, studying attitudes on race and nationalism, leaving a legacy of how we perceive the world and how we expect other nations to treat us.

Your studies of the Cold War (1945-1991) will examine the history of superpower conflict between the USA and the Soviet Union which created new nations and a legacy which effects the world to this day. You will study the actions of political figures such as President Kennedy and Soviet leader Stalin in shaping their nations foreign policy. You will also learn about conflict in places such as Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan, which continue to have an impact today. We will also focus on espionage, the arms and space race and crises which very nearly ended the world, such as that in Cuba in 1962.

Our coursework unit focuses on anti-Semitism in Germany, where you will independently study the roots of anti-Semitism and why this hatred developed.

Pre-course materials

Course activities to prepare for your SJR studies.

Click here for our first release of course materials

Bridging materials

For year 11 students who have applied and joining us in year 12

Where will this course lead me?

History provides a range of analytical skills that are highly sought after by universities and employers. Skills in examining sources and using evidence to reach judgements can be applied to a number of careers including law, accountancy, business management, teaching and banking.
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Where next?
Durham University – History

Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Competitive sport

The college has a number of teams that play as part of the Association of College’s league and are very competitive each year. We play games on a Wednesday afternoon, so this will make up part of your time-table.

There will be trials for male and female football, male and female rugby league and netball on Wednesday 9th September at 1.30pm, meet at the Sports Hall. Following trials will be a pizza and soft drink meeting in the Sports Hall to give you more information on the season. Hockey and Basketball will follow during the first week. Details will be emailed.

  • Male Football
  • Female Football
  • Male Rugby League
  • Female Rugby League
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Hockey