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History - A Level

Why choose A level History?

A level History increases your powers of argument, analysis and judgement, whilst also developing your ability to state and support a point of view coherently and convincingly. History is now widely acknowledged as providing students with transferable skills, not only useful for an understanding of the world today, but also essential for many areas in the job market.

What will I study and learn?

The following topics will be studied over the full A Level course: The Tudors: England 1485 – 1603

This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:

  • How effectively did the Tudors restore and develop the powers of the monarchy?
  • To what extent and why was power more widely shared during this period?
  • Why and with what results were there so many changes to the Church and religious practice?
  • How serious a threat was posed to Tudor monarchs by opposition and rebellion?
  • How far and why were England's relations with foreign powers changed?
  • How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?

Democracy and Dictatorship: Germany 1918 – 1945

This option provides the opportunity to study a period of major change in depth, focusing on key ideas, events and developments.

  • The Establishment and early years of Weimar, 1918 – 1924
  • The Weimar Republic's Golden Age, 1924 – 1928
  • The Collapse of Democracy, 1928 - 1933
  • The Nazi Dictatorship, 1933 - 1939
  • The impact of Nazism for the German People, 1933 - 1945
  • The Racial State, 1933 – 1945

Historical Investigation – German Foreign Policy, 1815 – 1945

The purpose of the Historical Investigation is to enable students to develop the skills, knowledge and historical understanding acquired through the study of the examined components of the specification.

Through undertaking the Historical Investigation students will develop an enhanced understanding of the nature and purpose of history as a discipline and how historians work.

This particular unit of study charts the foreign policy of German states from 1815 and the Congress of Vienna right up to the collapse of Nazi Germany, exploring the controversial extent to which Hitler's foreign policy can be compared to the traditional foreign policies of the German leaders who preceded him. How is the course assessed?

  • Unit 1: The Tudors: England 1485 – 1603 (2 hours 30 minutes examination) 40% of A level
  • Unit 2: Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918 – 1945 (2 hours 30 minutes examination) 40% of A level
  • Unit 3: Historical Investigation – German Foreign Policy 1815 – 1945 (coursework) 20% of A level

Key Information

  • Level: A level
  • Examination Board: AQA
  • Subject Leader: Mr C Duffy
  • Course Leader: Mr C Duffy
  • Entry Requirements: GCSE A*-C in 5 subjects (including Mathematics) GCSE Grade B in English/English language and a Humanities subjects

Reformed A level Modules:

  • Unit 1: The Tudors: England 1485 – 1603 (2 hours 30 minutes examination) 40% of A level
  • Unit 2: Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918 – 1945 (2 hours 30 minutes examination) 40% of A level
  • Unit 3: Historical Investigation – German Foreign Policy 1815 – 1945 (coursework) 20% of A level

SIXTH FORM COURSES

A LEVEL

ART AND DESIGN
ART AND DESIGN (FINE ART)
ART AND DESIGN (PHOTOGRAPHY)
BIOLOGY
CHEMISTRY
ECONOMICS
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
ENGLISH LITERATURE
GEOGRAPHY
HISTORY
ICT APPLIED
MATHEMATICS
MEDIA STUDIES
MUSIC
MUSIC TECHNOLOGY
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
PSYCHOLOGY
PHYSICS
SOCIOLOGY
SPANISH

BTEC

PERFORMING ARTS
SPORT
SPORT (MIXED MARTIAL ARTS)

AQA

APPLIED BUSINESS