Less Hitler and Henrys in new history A-level

Alfred the Great, the rise of Islam and Early Anglo Saxons are to feature in a draft new history A-level, due to be introduced next year.

The aim of the course, from exam board OCR, is to give greater breadth to the subject, which has been criticised for having a 20th-century western focus.

Altogether there will be 58 topics divided into three groups: world history, British history and historical themes. Sixth-formers will be asked to choose three topics – one from each group.

Topics include China and its rulers: 1839 – 1989; African Kingdoms: 1400 – 1800, and the Ascendancy of the Ottoman Empire.

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Alfred the Great, the rise of Islam and Early Anglo Saxons are to feature in a draft new history A-level, due to be introduced next year, BBC News reports. The aim of the course, from exam board OCR, is to give greater breadth to the subject, which has been criticised for having a 20th-century western focus. Altogether there will be 58 topics divided into three groups: world history, British history and historical themes. Sixth-formers will be asked to choose three topics – one from each group.

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